Sunday 5th April will see an expected 5000 runners take to the streets of Coventry in the Wheelchair 2.5k, GoRun 5k, and Coventry Half Marathon. Last year more than 4000 runners took part, representing more than 50 charities and raising over £100,000 for the event’s partner charities: Zoe’s Place, Myton Hospice, Penny Appeal, and University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.
Event Organiser Millie McCaughrean from Coventry University Students’ Union, said:
“Last year was an incredible event with over 6000 participants across four events that really showed anyone can take part
We had entrants running their 50th half marathon alongside others running their very first and we hope people who saw the event last year are inspired to take part whatever their age or ability.
“The 2020 Festival of Running is another great chance for the city to come together, to raise money, and to celebrate and enjoy taking part in sport.”
Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said:
“It’s great that the Festival of Running is returning to the city’s streets. It is an excellent event which is accessible for the whole community given people of all ages and abilities can take part and help keep fit and healthy which is a very important message.
“As we continue our status as European City of Sport, it’s important to recognize that events such as this are great for bringing communities together and, with the added bonus that GoCV cardholders can benefit with a discount to enter, it’s never been a better time to take part in Coventry’s Festival of Running.”
On Sunday 22nd March the Children’s Mile and Toddler Dash will take place around Coventry's War Memorial Park, with entries opening later this year. The 2019 event saw more than 2,000 local children take part raising money for school projects and local charities.
Reduced price Early Bird entries for the Half Marathon and GoRun 5k opened on Friday 18th October and will be available until Friday 15th November, when full price entries then go on sale.
Entries and event information can be found at: www.enjoycoventry.com/festivalofrunning.