Tickets For RunFestRun Running Festival Go On Sale Thursday


It might seem like there’s a contradiction at the heart of a running festival (who wants to knock out a hard run then stay up all night partying?) but that notion vastly underestimates the stamina of runners. All the training you put in doesn’t just help during a race, it also means you’ll be able to last through prolonged celebrations.

And you’ll want to be in shape to log a PB in a glorious celebration of running – which is exactly what RunFestRun aims to be. Everyone enjoys the shared glow around the finisher’s area of a race, but all too often that glow disappears as soon as you start the journey home. At RunFestRun, which will take place from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June, the hope is that you’ll be able to bask in that glow all weekend long.

Festival-goers will be able to take part in a wide range of runs, starting with the Sunset Shuffle, an easy effort on Friday evening to get you limbered up for Saturday, when there are timed 2.5km, 5K, 10K and half marathon races to enter. Then on Sunday it’s fancy dress time, with bug-themed 2.5km and 5K runs to scuttle through.

That fancy dress is provided for you when you arrive at RunFestRun, when you’ll be allocated to one of the four teams at the festival. Each is led by a different celebrity: Olympians Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram and Colin Jackson, and pro golfer Natasha Evans, who is married to DJ Chris Evans – the co-host of the event alongside radio and TV presenter Vassos Alexander. Each team will get a different bug costume for Sunday and throughout the weekend you’ll be scoring points for your team every time you complete a run.

All the runs take place in the extensive grounds of Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire. That means a variety of traffic-free terrains to tackle as you pass the many attractions in the 100 acres of parkland sculpted by perhaps England’s greatest landscape architect, Capability Brown. These attractions include hidden temples, waterfalls and a mile-long lake.

Once the running is done each day you can head to RunFestRun’s main stage where a host of big names will be performing. On Friday Razorlight and Reef take to the stage, then on Saturday you can watch Ten Tonnes, the Coral, a DJ set from Faithless and headliner Olly Murs.

The festival will also host a series of talks from athletes like Jo Pavey and Christine Ohuruogu, plus other inspirational figures like Ben Smith, who ran 401 marathons in 401 days in 2015-16. And in the unlikely event that talks, music and running start to bore you, there are plenty of other attractions to keep you busy, including a gym, spa, shopping village and the adventure zone, where you can go zip-lining.

Tickets for RunFestRun will be on sale from Thursday 21st March.

Buy tickets | Adult £140, child (six-17) £65, under sixes £10, family (two adults, two children) £350

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