Double the fun on the run in South Cambridgeshire villages

PUBLISHED: 16:28 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:28 23 May 2017

Sawston fun run, at Sawston Village College, the start of the short race. Picture: Keith Heppell

Sawston fun run, at Sawston Village College, the start of the short race. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Sawston and Waterbeach hosted runners, walkers and even toddlers over the weekend

The running bug infected hundreds of people over the weekend as they flocked to two South Cambridgeshire villages to take part in a series of events.

The Waterbeach Running Festival and Sawston Fun Run were staged on Saturday and Sunday – and both recorded fantastic turnouts.

Over in Sawston the 32nd annual event attracted 1,099 people to run or walk the 7.4km or the 4km routes, putting the organisers – the Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston – on target to raise about £15,000.

The overall winner for the second successive year was Sean McKenna of Duxford in a time of 24m 50s with Sophie Courtois, of Great Abington, taking the women’s title in 28m 58s.

And her family were also on the podium a further three times as her son Martin won the school Years 1-6 short course category with brother Sam finishing third, and dad Vincent claiming second spot in the men’s 40-54 category.

Other winners on the 7.4km route included Ollie Chapman and Remi Cole (Years 1-6), Sean McKenna and Kirsty Gunerate (age 17-39); Andrew Mynott and Sophie Courtois (40-54); 
and Shane Cahill and Sue Woods (55+).

Jenny Leggate was the first girl over the finish line on the shortened course.

Chairman of the organising committee Ian Chamberlain said: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped in the event; those who marshalled and provided water as well as The Cambridge Building Society and other sponsors and businesses and those in Sawston who contributed in some way. It’s so good to see everyone enjoying themselves.”

Money from the event will be donated to the Arthur Rank Hospice along with a host of charities, organisations and groups in and around Sawston.

Over at the Waterbeach Running Festival there were double the number of entries from 2016, in only the event’s second year.

More than 600 runners took part across the range of distances, which varied from 10km to a 100m toddle for under-fives.

The men’s winner of the 5km was Saffron Striders’ Tony Bacon and the women’s winner was Yvonne Scarrott, while the men’s 10km victor was Thames Hare and Hounds’ Jack Blaiklock and Ely Runners’ Alison Stewart was first in the women’s race.

The event raised more 
than £4,000 for Waterbeach Toddler Playgroup.

“It was brilliant,” said Jessica Kitt from the organising committee. “It exceeded our expectations in that we had over 600 competitors and raised over £4,000 for the pre-school, which is more than double last year.

“We ran out of numbers and registrations as we thought we would have no more than 100 entering on the day but we had between 140 and 150.

“There were lots of people from Waterbeach and the community who just came up to help. It was a race for all the family and the feedback from everyone was that it was a great family event.”

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