Discover Your City in a New Light

Half past five in the morning – a time associated with nothing but slumber. However, on Friday 30th June, hundreds of people will be turning Nottingham purple for the Smooth Sunrise City 5k.

A pathway to discovering your city in a new light, this non-competitive 5k run or walk is a celebration of family, health and exercise, encouraging everyone, regardless of running ability, to hit the streets in the light of the morning.

Event Director, Nik Emmonds said: “We’re really looking forward to turning the streets of Nottingham purple this June. 

“We have a fantastic route for people to enjoy, taking in landmarks such as Nottingham Castle and the Olde Trip to Jersualem, and a beautiful section along the Notts-Beeston canal which looks at its best when the sun is rising.

Furthermore, local business have been quick to support the run, Nik added: “The partners involved in the event have strong Nottingham links and bases, from Smooth East Midlands as our title partners, through big institutions like Ikano Bank to independent start ups like 200 Degrees, Kerry’s Fresh and Virtual Runner. 

“The support of Nottingham City Council is a big factor in the event and shows again that the city is committed to hosting unique, world class events that the residents can enjoy.  We hope as many people as possible will become part of the family and join us this summer.”

Phil Hudson, Head of Commercial at Smooth East Midlands said: “Smooth Radio East Midlands is delighted to be partnering with the Sunrise City 5K to raise money for Smooth’s charity Global’s Make Some Noise.  

“It’s an amazing event and we’re very pleased to give our listeners the opportunity to see Nottingham in a different light, running through the city as it wakes up!”

Sunrise City 5k costs £15 to enter, with all participants receiving a superb medal and technical t-shirt on the day.

So whether you’re looking to dust off the cobwebs before work, taking your dog for a morning walk, or just fancy a stroll, we want to see you there wearing your purple tee in the sun (we hope, although wet weather would give us the opportunity for a Purple Rain pun!).

For more information and to enter, visit