The National Festival of Running

The National Festival of Running

The National Festival of Running takes place on 21st–23rd June 2019 and Super Early Bird tickets are on sale now for this superb weekend of running-related fun.

Brought to you by founding partners The National Running Show, Breathe Unity and UKRunChat, the 3-day event takes place at the stunning venue of Weston Park in Shropshire. This magnificent country house is set in more than 1,000 acres of landscaped parkland and is a perfect setting for the many races, classes, live music, running stories, meet ups, camping, shopping village and more planned for the event next summer.

The National Festival of Running Weston ParkThe event is expected to be a huge hit with the running community who will be able to gather together to celebrate the sport they love whilst enjoying a stunning summer festival in a beautiful setting. Adults, children, families, groups of friends and running clubs are all welcome and it promises to be an inspiring three days for all ages and abilities.

Hosts for The National Festival of Running will be Iwan Thomas MBE, Olympic silver medallist and former European and Commonwealth 400m Champion, and popular endurance runner Susie Chan. Run Mummy Run and ERDINGER Alkoholfrei have been confirmed as partners, with more to be announced shortly.


The National Festival of Running comprises four UKA-approved races as follows:

Friday 21st June: 5K Race from 6pm
Saturday 22nd June: Festival Mile from 10am | Half Marathon at 10am and 2pm
Sunday 23rd June: 10K Race at 10am and 12pm

Entry to all four races is included in each weekend ticket, and runners must book their selected races and Half Marathon / 10K waves when registering.

There is something for everyone, whether you are just starting out and wanting a relaxed run with friends or are a more serious runner going for a fast time in an environment buzzing with excitement. Runners will receive a bespoke medal for every race completed (up to a total of four).


A perfect complement to the races, there will be a series of classes with trained instructors to help festival-goers take their running to the next level. Classes will cover key areas of running to help participants run faster, for longer and more safely. Sessions include:

  • Yoga for runners
  • Running technique
  • Recovery zone
  • Strength and conditioning

Running Stories

A team of inspiring runners will hosting talks throughout the festival, telling you all about their adventures and giving you top tips for adventures of your own. It is a great opportunity to explore the wide variety of terrain at Weston Park, which boasts 1,000 acres of park landscaped by Capability Brown.


Headlining the music stage on Saturday night will be none other than talented DJ Jo Whiley, who is sure to have runners and non-runners on their feet as they celebrate the day’s achievements. From noon onwards on both days, two fully equipped sound stages will feature a superb line-up of musicians and entertainment – and a range of catering and food outlets will keep everyone fuelled across the whole weekend.

Shopping Village

Runners will be able to kit themselves out over race weekend at stalls showcasing many favourite running and other brands.


The ticket price includes entry to the camping fields for the Friday and Saturday night, and ticket-holders can choose to pitch their tent anywhere within the designated zones:

  • Family Camping for any groups with an under 16
  • Quiet Camping for those looking to get some rest before the races
  • General Camping closer to the main festival village
  • Campervan zone
  • Plus, dedicated community areas for running clubs and community groups

The National Festival of Running – Tickets & Info

Tickets for the National Festival of Running are on sale now on the event website. Super Early Bird tickets cost £79 for the weekend for ages 16 and over, or £60 for Under 16 (must be accompanied by an adult). Children Under 5 go free. The ticket price includes camping at Weston Park from 3pm on the Friday, entry to all four races, a medal for each race completed, classes, running stories, music, headline DJ and more.

Date: Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019

Twitter: @natfestrunning #In4NatFestRun

Founding partners of The National Festival of Running are The National Running Show, sports PR specialists Breathe Unity and leading online running community UKRunChat.

The National Festival of Running – Site Map

The National Festival of Running site map