An exciting new highlight for the event season at Bowood is RunFestRun which will be held over the weekend of 31 May – 2 June.

Virgin Radio DJ Chris Evans announced the event as a follow-up to the success of his CarFest.

This brand new running and music festival is billed as ‘Britain’s biggest running party’ and Bowood has been selected for this first family-friendly, three-day camping and running festival.

Running routes will range from an immersive 2.5K fun run through to a timed half marathon. Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram are both signed up.

Steve Cram and Paula Radcliffe
Steve Cram and Paula Radcliffe

2019 event

Presenter Vassos Alexander will host inspirational talks with other sports stars and there’ll be a line-up of well-known bands and DJs among the event’s many activities.

The event will kick off with a ‘Feel Good Friday’ that includes a Sunset Shuffle, led by running celebrities, followed by music from Razorlight and Reef.

Super Saturday will offer a challenge for both seasoned marathon runners along with those just starting their fitness journey and culminate in an incredible party including Ten Tonnes, The Coral, Faithless DJ set and headliner, Olly Murs.

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 your team. The run will be followed by a mega lunchtime party with two hours of amazing bands, DJs, street acts and special guests before the closing ceremony at 3pm.

The weekend will also boast a host of top talent from great sporting speakers to food fanatics, mindfulness mentors and awesome authors. The current line-up includes, Fearne Cotton, Melissa Hemsley, Jo Pavey, Christine Ohuruogu and Ben Smith to name but a few.

“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”, said Chris Evans.

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.”

As well as all the above, there will also be lots of different activities to keep the kids entertained across the weekend. From fancy dress and mask making, to sports day games and live theatre shows, they won’t get bored!

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 £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.

Music includes:

Faithless (DJ set)
Olly Murs
Ten Tonnes
The Coral

Speakers include:

Ben Smith
Chrissie Wellington
Christine Ohuruogu MBE
Claire Maxed
Colin Jackson
Dale Pinnock (The Medicinal Chef)
Danny Bent
Faisal Abdalla
Fearne Cotton
Paula Radcliffe
Steve Cram
Vassos Alexander