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Line Up For RunFestRun Announced

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A few weeks ago we brought you the news that Chris Evans was launching a running and music festival called RunFestRun. A launch was held for it recently, so we now know who’s going to be taking part.

Practising what they preach, the announcement came during a series of running challenges live on air of Virgin Radio. Two teams, consisting of Team Crackson, led by Steve Cram and Colin Jackson and Team Vash, led by Vassos Alexander and Natasha Evans, competed against each other to see who could run 10k in the quickest time.

RunFestRun is being called ‘Britain’s big new running party’ and it will take place from May 31st to June 2nd in the grounds of Bowood House and Gardens. It’s a family friendly festival with camping and music, as well as something for every runner from a 2.5k fun run, to a timed half marathon. Could it be the perfect festival to indulge yourself in a bit of running, while also keeping other members of the family (especially small ones), who may not share your love of running, happy too?

The event kicks off on the Friday, with the ‘Sunset Shuffle’, which will apparently be led by running celebrities. Music will come from Razorlight and Reef that evening. The following day there are various events for runners of every level, then music from Ten Tonnes, The Coral, Faithless DJ set and headliner, Olly Murs.

The Sunday will see Bowood turn to Bugwood as a fancy dress bug themed fun run swarms the venue. Dressed up runners will take on the 2.5k or 5k Big Bug Run with special challenges to win extra points for their teams. The run will be followed by a mega lunchtime party with two hours of bands, DJs, street acts and special guests before the closing ceremony at 3pm.

RunFestRun poster
The RunFestRun line-up

As well as all the running and the music the weekend will also boast a host of top sporting speakers, food fanatics and authors. The current line-up includes Fearne Cotton, Melissa Hemsley, Jo Pavey, Christine Ohuruogu, Jo Pavey, Paula Radcliffe and Ben Smith to name but a few. There will also be activities to keep kids entertained across the weekend.

Chris Evans said:

“We want people to join us for an amazing weekend of running while having a great time outdoors with friends and family. We’ve signed up some incredible talent that should really help inspire and entertain throughout the festival”.

Vassos Alexander, co-host of RunFestRun added:

“It’s basically my dream event. Chris and I developed the idea because we just want people to run, have fun and have a party. Three shiny happy days with everyone going home with a great big grin on their face.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale 21st March and will be available at the RunFestRun website. A full weekend of entertainment, passes and camping for an adult is just £140, or £65 for a child (aged 7-17) and 6 and under, £10. Alternatively, a family pass (2 adults + 2 children) can be purchased for £350.

For more information, including the full line up and to sign up for priority tickets, please visit

Written by
Kirsty Reade

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