RACING returned to the heart of Durham on Thursday with the Prince Bishops Place Durham City 10k and 5k Runs.

Organised by Events of the North in partnership with Durham University and supported by Durham County Council, the runs were able to go ahead after a plan was implemented to ensure the safety of all involved.

With Covid-related measures in place, around 2,000 runners were able to take part in the 10K and 5K, starting at Durham Racecourse and finishing in Millennium Place.

Our photographer Sarah Caldecott captured these images of the event.

The Prince Bishops Place Durham City 10K and 5K Runs marked the start of the Durham City Run Festival, three days of running events for the whole family.

Steve Cram, event founder and race director, said: “It’s been a fantastic night of running in great weather and in a beautiful city.

“Even with the social distancing measures in place, there was a real buzz and loads of happy runners and volunteers.

“Huge thanks to Durham County Council for working so closely with our team to make it possible to host the Prince Bishops Place Durham City 10K and 5K safely in these unusual circumstances.”

The winner of the 2021 Prince Bishops Place Durham City 10K was Cameron Allan of Houghton Harriers in 32 minutes and 23 seconds. Liam Taylor of Sunderland Harriers was second in 32:42, with clubmate Stephen Jackson third in 32:46. The women’s race was won by Emma Bramley in 40:03, with Kimberley Simpson of Gateshead Harriers second in 40:56 and Emma Thompson of Elvet Striders third in 41:43.

Liam Rabjohn of Richmond & Zetland Harriers won the Prince Bishops Place Durham City 5K in 15:13, with Tom Slane second in 16:33 and Simon Fell of Peterborough & Nene Valley AC third in 16:44. The women’s 5K was won by Charlotte Dillon in 18:04, with Freya Clarkson second in 18:54 and Anna Pigford of Houghton Harriers third in 19:08.

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