Runfestrun report by Sandra Jinks

RUNFESTRUN 22 – 24 May 2020

Return of this event organised by Chris Evans and well known athletes, Colin Jackson, Steve Cram, Paula Radcliffe & Natasha Evans confirmed as Team leaders over this weekend also accompanied by live bands tbc.

I went to the first one held last May at Bowood Parkland, Wilts. deciding to go just for the Friday as  it being my first festival other than food or flowers & feeling I should prepare for an element of chaos, mud and loud music, I was pleasantly surprised at the fantastic organisation together with beautiful surroundings. (2020 will not disappoint as it is to be held in Windsor Great Park.)

My Titanium knee then all of 3 months old I knew would incur consideration when seeing the queues at the race registration tents, club runs, individual and family all with chosen distances during the day time and evening twilight also moon lit neon runs. Still undecided I wandered towards the sign that showed Steve Cram was about to start his talk so took a seat in the marque for inspiration, certainly it was entertaining. After that a walk over to the tents erected for massage treatments and sports health advice, this would certainlyget me in the right frame of mind, there was even Club La Santa with encouraging details of their active holidays on offer. Nearby I could get the aromas of food being freshly cooked some with nutritional benefits, some that certainly were not! difficult to choose, but not far away were the beer tents & Gin bars, here I did spend a little time, well there was an array of flavours.. tis more like what I’m used to.

Began to notice runners making their way to the start positions even joined in cheering them to the finish flags. Razorlite began setting up on stage and people of all ages some dressed in their night clothes, well the ones being pushed in prams, gathered to listen. So with a rhubarb gin in one hand an amazing filled bap with chips in the other I settled down to enjoy the evening that was ablaze with stage technical design lighting together with runners jogging with their Neon lights. After sometime when the night was getting late I left the event for a welcome sleep at a nearby establishment, never did get back to those registration tents………………

Many running clubs were taking part last year, also very much a family event. The Saturday is very much RACE DAY  so that may well suit a team from Eynsham Roadrunners to take part also as shown on the web the programme for Friday and Sunday has much to offer.

Benjamin Pollard had expressed his interest in encouraging a team so please do speak to him or myself to show your interest.

First release of Tickets: 25th Sept to 31st Oct. (2019 prices) second is 1st Nov to 31st Jan. Final 1st Feb to 21st May