Businesses are being encouraged to show their competitive side as part of this year’s Prince Bishops Durham City Run.

Organisers of this year’s event, set to take place on the evening of Wednesday, 19 July, have revealed details of the Best Bar None (BBN) Corporate Challenge, which allows businesses to enter teams to compete in both the 10k and 5k races.

The winning team will be presented with the Best Bar None Corporate Challenge Cup and £500 of ‘Love2shop’ vouchers.

Best Bar None, a scheme run by Durham County Council in partnership with Durham Constabulary, is aimed at promoting responsible management of alcohol-licensed premises and improving standards in bars, pubs and clubs across the city.

Over 2,000 people are expected to take part in this year’s races, which are being organised by Events of the North and supported by Durham County Council and has Prince Bishops Shopping Centre as headline sponsor for a second year.

The runners will take on the city’s challenging cobbled streets and undulating roads, but will be buoyed by the thousands of spectators cheering them on around the course.

To enter the BBN Corporate Challenge, a company needs to enter at least two runners in both the 10K and 5K events, and teams must include both men and women.

Runners must enter a race individually at, with people who have already entered being able to log into their account to update their details to register for the corporate challenge.

The finishing positions of the first four runners (with at least one of each gender) will be added together and the lowest combined score will win that company the BBN Corporate Challenge 2017.

Event founder and director Steve Cram comments: “With the growth in popularity of running and workplace health and fitness programmes, I am sure that there will be keen competition for the BBN Corporate Challenge Cup.  Our evening start time makes the Prince Bishops Durham City Run a great option for blowing away the cobwebs after a day at work and I hope that it will generate some friendly rivalry among businesses in the city as we build up to 19 July!”

Carol Feenan, city centre manager at Durham County Council, adds: “The BBN Corporate Challenge is an excellent opportunity for the business community to get involved in the second Durham City Run.

“I hope that firms will encourage employees to participate in this new initiative in the city centre.”

The Prince Bishops Durham City Run is supported by sports nutrition company Totum Sport as performance partner and Newsquest North East as media partner.  Places on the events are now available at  The Durham City Run 10K costs £24 to enter for unaffiliated runners and £22 for members of clubs (affiliated to UK Athletics).  The price for the Durham City Run 5K is £15 (£13 for club runners).  For the latest news about the Durham City Run, keep an eye on the website, find the event on Facebook and follow @DurhamCityRun on Twitter.

For more information about Durham County Council’s Best Bar None scheme, visit