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Raccoon Events announces launch of The National Festival of Running A new running event has been launched as a collaboration by the teams from The National Running Show, Breathe Unity and UKRunChat. The National Festival of Running is a three-day event taking place at Weston Park in Shropshire – a country house set in more than 1,000 acres of park – on 21-23 June 2019. The National Festival of Running will encompass a weekend of races, classes, live music, running stories, meet ups, camping, a shopping village and more. Co-hosting the festival will be Iwan Thomas MBE, Olympic silver medallist and former European and Commonwealth 400m Champion, and popular endurance runner Susie Chan. The Saturday night headline act has been confirmed as Jo Whiley. There will be four UKA-approved races over the three days: a 5K on day one, a Half Marathon and a Festival Mile on day two, and a 10K on day three. Two separate waves are available for both the Half Marathon and the 10K, and runners can earn a medal for each race completed. New event management company Arctic Fox launches Nicky Brown and Aimee Harvey, previously senior execs at B2B events company Forum Events, have announced the launch of events management and venue finding company Arctic Fox. Arctic Fox has been established to fill a gap in the market for unusual, eye-catching and memorable events, and will cover all elements of event management – from planning, ideas and budgets, to venue finding and negotiating with suppliers. Harvey commented: “Our service is bespoke for every client, but underpinning everything is a commitment to creativity, clarity and unrivalled value.” Bury your used event roller banners to grow flowers Printing company Hatch has launched a new fully recyclable roller banner in the UK, which can be buried in the ground to grow plants. The banner features a lining of seeds inside its cardboard- constructed base, which means customers can bury it after use and within around twelve months they could have a bed of flowers. The banners are printed with vegan-accredited processes. Layzeedog to launch International Sports Car and Classic Car Show at EEAEC Organiser Layzeedog Media & Publishing has announced plans to launch a new motor show – the International Sports Car and Classic Car Show – at the East of England Arena and Events Centre (EEAEC) on 24-26 May 2019. The show will occupy all the indoor event space available, and much of the 250 acres of outdoor event space. Expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors, it will feature hundreds of sports and classic car clubs exhibiting rare and classic vehicles, 1200+ trade stands selling accessories and parts in the main hall and outside, guests from the world of motorsport, a live car auction and a programme of evening entertainments with live bands and acts. The show has been organised and conceived by Chris Campbell of Layzeedog Media & Publishing, who commented: “Highlights of the show will include a Vintage Festival and a Classics in the Park concert on the Sunday evening with a first-class fireworks display planned afterwards.” Dean Rees, EEAEC’s business development manager added: “This new show will be a great sports and classic car show for all-comers and promises to deliver not just for the petrol-heads but their families too.” London hotel growth predicted to outpace rest of Europe London’s MICE offering has received a further boost with the news that a significant number of new hotels and venues are set to open in the capital over the next few years, says London & Partners. According to findings from a new report monitoring hotel capacity across European cities, London is set to add 11,600 rooms to its hotel market by 2020, providing meeting and event planners with an even greater choice of accommodation and meetings options. Further analysis from the 2018 London Hotel Development Monitor Report, published by JLL and London & Partners, shows that the growth of the capital’s hotel market is set to outpace a number of major European cities by 2020, including Paris, Berlin, Lisbon and Milan exhibitionnews.co.uk | November 2018 9