In pictures: Horrible Histories author Terry Dear leads the macabre historical Deadly Durham 5k

Horrible Histories author Terry Deary led the macabre race through the historic streets of Durham today and called it ‘the perfect gig’.

The Deadly Durham 5k sought to combine the race with a macabre history lesson with stops along the way to hear tales of notorious events where they happened.

Today marked the first event with the second event taking place on Saturday at 1pm as part of the Durham City Run Festival.

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Organized by Events of the North, along with Durham County Council and Durham University, the festival coincides with the Durham BRASS Festival and is expected to attract thousands of participants and supporters.

New for 2022 was the XO Urban Orienteering event, which took place downtown on Thursday evening.

Teams of two tackled their own running route through a landscape of architecture and cultural landmarks in an urban orientation experience.

Planning and strategy were key to earning points in XO, as teams completed a series of secret challenges around checkpoints.

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Terry Dear, author of Horrible Histories and who led the Durham 5k, said he was “delighted to be back”.

He said: “This is my second time running Horrible Histories races at the Durham City Run Festival and I’m delighted to be back.”

“It’s the perfect gig, combining my love of running with the opportunity to share gruesome, grizzly stories about this amazing city.”

The run will also help prepare Mr Deary for the Great North Run in September when he raises money for the Willow Foundation.

Tomorrow morning (Friday July 15) Durham Mums on the Run will be hosting a buggy warm-up race for mums, dads and youngsters.

At lunchtime, the festival’s official charity partner, St Cuthbert’s Hospice, will run a guided walk through the town, welcoming people for a friendly stroll and to find out more about how the organization supports individuals. and families.

The Durham City Run 10K and 5K will both take place tomorrow evening, starting with the river at Durham Racecourse and following courses around sections of the River Wear and past some of the city’s iconic landmarks.

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Check out photos from today’s event below:

Photo: Steven Curtis

The Echo of the North: Photo: STEVEN CURTIS Photo: STEVEN CURTIS

Echo of the North: Photo: STEVEN CURTISPhoto: STEVEN CURTIS

The Echo of the North: Photo: STEVEN CURTISPhoto: STEVEN CURTIS

The Echo of the North: Photo: STEVEN CURTISPhoto: STEVEN CURTIS

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