Cambridge Cambourne 10k is one of the most popular 10ks in the region. Is being held on Sunday 2nd April. It is run on an undulating course in the country park in Cambourne and organised entirely by volunteers. No-one gets paid anything and everything raised once costs have been covered goes to charity or to local groups which help, such as the local army and police cadets and local primary school. There is a one mile fun run for people who want to dip their toes in the water and a two person 5k relay for those who prefer to run less than the full distance, or want a bit of fun with a running buddy. In 2017 it is also part of the Cambridgeshire Road League. The race team works closely with a local charity each year and has been inspired by the work they have supported. Charities ask to be chosen and selection is based on the charity being local, small in that it struggles to match the big national charities in reaching potential contributors and able to help support the race by giving up some time to marshal or participate in some other way. This year the main charity is Maggie’s Wallace Centre at Addenbrookes, who do brilliant things for families affected by cancer.
The race team are committed to providing a high quality race with chip timing, high quality goody bag but most importantly a race experience which runners will value and find fulfilling. A few useful facts:
- This is the ninth time the race has been run
- The race is 10 kilometres or 6.2 miles
- It has been organised by a small team, led by Cambridge & Coleridge Athletics Club and including Cambourne Business Park and Cambourne Parish Council. South Cambridgeshire District Council and a number of sponsors provide invaluable assistance. (Details available on the web site www.cambridgecambourne10k.com )
- It is raising funds for the Maggie’s Wallace Centre, a charity based at Addenbrookes, which supports the families of people suffering from cancer, the Wildlife Trust and Cambridge & Coleridge Trust Fund (supporting local athletics). Last year’s race raised £9,000 from race entries (not including money raised by runners themselves) and the event has raised around £70,000 since it started.
- There are 1,250 runners
- Runners range in age from 16 to mid 70s
- The runners are 50:50 men and women – this is unusual, most races are 70% or so men
- It is one of the events in the Cambridgeshire Road League for clubs based in Cambridgeshire
- The winner is likely to take just over 30 minutes; the last runner will probably take about 85 minutes to complete the course.
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