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The Festival of Running is finally here!

On Sunday 31st October 2021, the Festival of Running 2020 is finally hitting the streets of Coventry.

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On Sunday 31st October 2021, the Festival of Running 2020 is finally hitting the streets of Coventry. Over 4,500 runners are signed up to take on the Half Marathon or 5k routes around the UK’s City of Culture.

The 5k route will see runners take in the historic Council House, Lady Godiva statue, and some of the city's historic buildings while the Half Marathon will share a similar starting route before heading out into leafy countryside lanes up to the highest point before five miles of downhill to the glorious Cathedral finish.

Runners are expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds for local, national and international charities, including the event’s six partner charities: Myton Hospice, Penny Appeal, Coventry Mind, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice. 

The event is operated by Coventry University Students’ Union (CUSU). CUSU’s Sport and Wellbeing Officer, Elvis Zeiluks, said:

“The Festival of Running is an incredible way to get all of the city involved in celebrating and enjoying fitness. I am very proud that the festival raises so much money and awareness for local charities and is inclusive for everyone. We have some people who have never run before through to elite runners taking part, and a 2.5k wheelchair race too.

It’s been very inspiring to see people staying active throughout the pandemic and creating a routine that involves regular sporting activities, especially running. We had to postpone the Festival in 2020 and are so glad it can finally go ahead now! We have received an amazing response, not only from runners, but people who want to get involved and volunteer at the event too. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on the 31st!”

Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, Cabinet Member for Events and Deputy Leader, Coventry City Council, said:

“It’s great to see the Festival of Running return after last year’s postponement due to the pandemic. Coventry University Students’ Union are again delivering and leading on this year’s event and with the route and more details being confirmed for the day, I’m sure people will be looking forward to supporting those taking part.

“This event is great for the city and excellent news for the charities that will see money raised by the thousands of runners expected to take part on the day be it the half marathon, the 5k or the wheelchair race With the unfortunate cancellation in 2020, I’m sure many participants and followers are doubly excited to be taking part and I’m sure it’ll be another fantastic day for everyone.

“Good luck to everyone planning to take part and I look forward to seeing thousands of participants at the start line on 31 October.”

The event has been organised by Coventry University Students’ Union in partnership with Coventry City Council and has support from local businesses and charities including Medwell Hyde, Coventry College, Coventry Runner, Exasoft, the Skydome, and BBC C&W.

There is still time to sign up to run in either the 5k or Half Marathon. Entries close at midnight on Wednesday 27th October.

Further information on the event, including city centre access, road closures and the route can be found at

Photo credit: Epic Action Imagery 2019


Angela Talbot
10:09am on 28 Oct 21 Further to my email, are you able to confirm if I can defer my place until next year - due to an injury I am unable to complete
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