A NEW and improved route for the second annual Durham City Run has been announced.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in this year’s Prince Bishops Durham City Run, which takes place on Wednesday, July 19.

With 100 days to go until the race, which takes place around the historic city centre, changes have been made to improve the route and ease congestion.

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Event founder and director Steve Cram said: “We were really happy with last year’s route - it succeeded in showcasing a beautiful city, gave runners a proper challenge and offered some great vantage points for spectators, which really added to the atmosphere.

“I am delighted that we have been able to make a few small adjustments that will deliver an even better race day experience for all involved, while allowing even more people to take part.

“Once again, we are looking forward to a really special event on a summer evening.”

Last year’s inaugural event saw about 2,000 people hit the pavements of the famously hilly city for the challenging route, which includes many of Durham’s cobbled streets and finishes with a sprint to Durham Cathedral.

Organisers Events of the North are hoping the revised course will allow for an increased capacity for both the 10k and 5k races.

Changes to the 5k route will ease congestion in a few locations while the 10k route will follow the amended route for the first lap and will follow a different course for the second half of the race.

Both races will start in Saddler Street, at the same location as last year, and will finish once again at Palace Green, in front of Durham Cathedral.

This year’s event is sponsored by the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, in Durham, and is being supported by Durham County Council, sports nutrition company Totum Sport and The Northern Echo.

Stephen Howell, the council’s head of culture and sport, said: “We are really looking forward to the second Durham City Run and the chance to showcase our city.

“The event gives thousands of runners the opportunity to compete in a historic setting as well as drawing visitors and residents together as spectators.”

The 10K race costs £24 to enter for unaffiliated runners and £22 for members of clubs.

The 5K is £15, or £13 for club runners.

For further information and for entry details visit www.durhamcityrun.com