AFTER concerns that this year’s edition of races would not take place, Bradford Council has confirmed this year’s Bradford City Runs will go ahead next month.

The annual event will take place on Sunday, October 28, and will see hundreds of runners taking to the tarmac along four different routes.

There is a race for people of all abilities, with a five kilometre route, a 10km route and a half-marathon for the most serious runners, and there will also be one mile run for children.

The entire route around the city centre will take place on closed roads and in pedestrian areas, taking in backdrops such as Little Germany, the Broadway, the University of Bradford and Bradford College, and the finishing line will be situated in front of City Hall in City Park and Centenary Square.

The route will also be suitable for wheelchair users to take part.

Following last year’s Bradford City Runs, the future of the event had been in doubt, but the runs continue to go from strength to strength.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s executive member for healthy people and places, said: “This is an incredibly popular event with runners of all abilities and families taking part.

“It is unique in that offers a variety of distances and a special race for children. We would urge people to get signed up and get their running shoes ready for October.”

There are 500 slots available in each race, and places are already starting to fill up.

This year the event is supporting Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit at the University of Bradford, which was founded by Professor David Sharpe following the Bradford City stadium fire on May 11, 1985, in which 56 people were killed and more than 250 injured.

The entry fee for the 5km race is £12 for affiliated runners and £14 for unaffiliated, and is open to people aged 11 and over.

The 10km race is £16 for affiliated and £18 for unaffiliated runners, and is open to people aged 15 and over.

The half marathon is £20 for affiliated and £22 for unaffiliated, and is open to runners aged 17 and above.

The children’s race costs £4 per child. Children under five must be accompanied by an adult during the race.

For more information and to sign up for the event, visit