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The sun shone as Festival of Running takes to the city’s streets!

Published Monday, 25 March 2019

Over 4,000 runners took part in the GoRun 5k Fun Run and Coventry Half Marathon yesterday as Coventry enjoyed a Festival of Running.

Festival of Running 2019
(left to right) Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Linda Bigham; Coventry City Council Leader Councillor George Duggins; Kare Adenegan, Wheelchair 2.5k female winner; John Abell, Coventry University Student Union; Rob Smith, Wheelchair half marathon winner; Millie McCaughrean, Coventry University Student Union; Kerry Bigham, Deputy Lord Mayor Consort; Joel James, Wheelchair 2.5k male winner.

Runners raised over £100k for more than 50 charities, including the event’s four partner charities Myton Hospice, Penny Appeal, University Hospital, and Zoe’s Place.

The event which formed part of a bigger Festival of Running involving a Children’s Mile and Toddlers Dash last weekend, was a great way to mark the city’s year as European City of Sport.

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Events said,

“It was wonderful to see thousands of people of all ages taking part in Coventry’s Festival of Running this month and yesterday’s event was blessed with great weather to make it even more enjoyable.

“As we celebrate our year as European City of Sport and mark our Year of Wellbeing here in Coventry, the events provided a great showcase for Coventry as well as excellent opportunities for the whole community to take part in physical activity and exercise.

”It’s also great to see so many charities, local and national, benefit with the thousands of pounds being raised by the runners on the day. Thank you to all those who organised and supported the Festival of Running and to the people of Coventry who came and showed their support to everyone taking part.

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

Some of the images from the Half Marathon and 5k on Flickr.

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