A new running event has been launched as a collaboration by the teams from The National Running Show, Breathe Unity and UKRunChat.
The National Festival of Running is a three-day event taking place at Weston Park in Shropshire – a country house set in more than 1,000 acres of park – on 21-23 June 2019.
The National Festival of Running will encompass a weekend of races, classes, live music, running stories, meet ups, camping, a shopping village and more.
Co-hosting the festival will be Iwan Thomas MBE, Olympic silver medallist and former European and Commonwealth 400m Champion, and popular endurance runner Susie Chan. The Saturday night headline act has been confirmed as Jo Whiley.
There will be four UKA-approved races over the three days: a 5K on day one, a Half Marathon and a Festival Mile on day two, and a 10K on day three. Two separate waves are available for both the Half Marathon and the 10K, and runners can earn a medal for each race completed.
Founding partners of The National Festival of Running are The National Running Show, Breathe Unity and UKRunChat. Run Mummy Run and ERDINGER Alkoholfrei have been confirmed as partners, with more to be announced shortly.
Race director Joe Williams commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of the National Festival of Running 2019 which is set to be THE festival for runners next summer. The idea has been in the making for quite a long time and it is incredibly exciting to be able to unveil this very special summer event. Thank you to all those who have got their ticket already, and for the massive support from the running community so far. The festival is all about runners, families and friends who want to share a unique weekend experience camping together on the beautiful estate, with great races, music, classes, a fantastic shopping village, chats and more.
“We want everyone at the Festival to feel inspired and uplifted, and to meet and make new running friends whilst creating unforgettable memories. We look forward to sharing this experience with you all in the summer of 2019”.