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- British middle distance runner
If you’re currently planning your race calendar for the year ahead, there’s one event you can now ink in. RunFestRun comprises three days of all things running, from races and famous guest speakers to healthy food and live entertainment that’ll appeal to runners and non-runners alike.
The 2022 edition of the festival – which was founded by broadcaster and keen runner Chris Evans and is billed as 'Glastonbury for runners' – will take place from 20-22 May at Englefield House in Reading, Berkshire.
As in previous years, those who attend will have the opportunity to take part in multiple short and long-distance runs, race in fancy dress (it’s an insect-based theme) and pound the trails alongside Olympic greats, such as Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram and Colin Jackson.
There are nine running events across the three days, including timed 2.5K, 5K, 10K and half-marathon races designed by Steve Cram, and family-based relays on the track. Solo runners can also visit the Solo Runners’ Club, where they can take part in ice-breaker games to get to know other athletes.
You can attend talks and gain first-hand advice from famous athletes and running experts, take part in hamstring-loosening classes such as guided yoga and, of course, replace your worn-out running gear at the shopping village.
In the evenings, refuel via the range of street food stalls alongside a beer or cocktail, then soak up the on-stage entertainment from live bands and DJs – the final line-up will be announced nearer the date of the festival.
And it all takes place at the historic Englefield House, a picturesque venue that’s usually closed to the public and has featured in films such as Cruella and The King’s Speech. Within the grounds there’s a mix of running terrain, from woodland and parkland filled with deer, to lakeside trails and winding roads through the estate.
Tickets are available now at runfestrun.co.uk
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