Durham’s first Wineathlon is to take place in October

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You heard correct, later this year a 10k race will be happening in Durham but you have to be over 18 to enter. With six destinations around the UK hosting the race Durham will be the last stop on October 1, 2016.

There will be wine sampling stations around the course of the run every 2-3 miles which will provide runners with water and a different wine region of the world.

Once you have crossed the finish line, wine sampled can be bought by the bottle starting at a minimum £7.50 per bottle.

Katherine Henig, Durham’s County Councillor, said: “I think it’s good to have something to try and make people active, it encourages people to come to Durham as tourism is important.

“It is a bit strange that it involves alcohol because it might put members of the community off.”

The event will cost £19 to enter and welcomes all type of runners from pros to beginners and groups, so you can run, jog or walk together to the finish line.

Prizes will be given out to runners who have the best costume, team name and come in top three finishing times.

Pro athlete Claire Douglas said: “I found out about the event on Facebook, I run a ladies only running club, called the Silky Sole Sisters, and were running it together.

“We already have out fancy dress outfits sorted. I’ve run lots of events like the London Marathon, so I’m really looking forward to the fun run and hope it will be a massive success.”

The race will start at 1pm to 4pm with a capacity of 600 people. Money will be raised for charities which are yet to be named.

The event will begin in Conwy in North Wales then to Cambridge, Worcester, Yorkshire, and Glasgow ending in the North East.

You can find out more about the Wineathlon here http://www.wineathlon.co.uk/durham.html

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