THIS weekend sees the return of the Worcester City Run - a two day event which sees hundreds of runners take to the city's streets.

Runners will be pounding the pavement on both Saturday and Sunday with two days of events.

Last year's event had to be cancelled because of the pandemic which means people will be more eager than ever.

Here's everything you need to know about Worcester City Runs:

What is it?

Worcester City Runs will take place over two days with events for families, runners and professional runners.

The Saturday will see Paula Radcliffe’s Families on Track take place for the first time.

It is a fun family relay event at Worcester Racecourse.

The following day the 10K and Half Marathon will set off alongside the popular Junior run returning at 9.10am.

Where does it take place?

Paula's Families on Track will take place at Worcester Racecourse.

The races on Sunday start and finish on Croft Road with the athletes village in the Cattle Market car park.

How many people take part?

There is expected to be around 5000 runners taking part across the weekend.

All participants receive a t-shirt, medal and goody bag. 

They include the entries for the 2020 event that did not request to be cancelled and have been transferred to 2021.

Will there be road closures for the Worcester City Run?

Yes there will be road closures on Sunday with Grandstand Road and Croft Road closed from 5am to 3pm. 

Access for emergency vehicles will be available at all times.


There will be a number of other roads closed between 8am and 12.30pm at the latest in the city centre, Diglis and St John's.

Worcester road bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions from 8am to 12.30pm.

Can I still enter?

Unfortunately not, all registrations are now closed.

However, you can go along and cheer on the runners.

What are the routes for the Half Marathon, 10k and Junior Run?

We have included all three route maps in our picture gallery so take a look to see where the runners will be heading.

What is Families on Track?

The whole family can enjoy a safe, fun and competitive event as a unit together.

Family members complete the 10km distance as a continuous relay, in whichever order or combination they decide upon. 

Will Paula Radcliffe be taking part?

Yes, she will be bringing her children Isla, 14, and Raphael, ten, along to Saturday's Families on Track.

In an interview with Worcester News, Paula said she was excited to return to the city after taking part in Worcester Run in 2014.

"Getting Worcester City Runs going again is so important for the local community, and for people who travel to it to take part."

Will the Worcester News be covering Worcester City Run?

Absolutely! Visit the website to see the latest on the events throughout Saturday and Sunday.

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