Records broken at Cambridge Cambourne 10k & Fun Run
More than 700 runners braved the cold at the weekend to take part in the annual Cambridge Cambourne 10k & Fun Run.
Now in its eleventh year, the 10k event was held on Sunday (April 7), attracting runners of all ages and abilities – from those who have just taken it up to more experienced athletes.
The fun run is ideal for younger runners or those not ready for the longer distance.
The course, which starts and finishes at Cambourne Business Park, passes through wooded areas and alongside lakes. It is almost entirely off-road and traffic-free.
Finishing in first place in the 10k run was Johannes Arnes, with a time of 35 mins 13 secs, while the highest finishing woman was Sarah Caskey, from Peterborough Running Club, who finished 29th with a time of 41 mins 4 secs.
Race director, Oliver Park, said: “It went really well. This was our 11th year. The ground was really dry – the course is 95 per cent off-road – which meant that we had a lot of quick times, a lot of personal bests.
"There were a lot of people very happy with the times that they ran, because the course is a bit undulating on the back of the country park in Cambourne.
"It’s normally not the quickest of courses, but on Sunday it was really fast.”
Despite the good running conditions, the weather was less agreeable for the spectators.
“It was quite chilly,” said Oliver, “which was a bit disappointing from an organisation point of view, because you don’t get as many people hanging around after the finish.
“It was good conditions to run, though, which probably helped with the times that people did.”
Oliver noted that around 30 per cent of the people who tackle the Cambourne 10k have never completed a 10km race before.
“It’s really nice to see people stepping up to that,” he said.
Oliver stressed that any profit made from entry fees goes to charity. This year’s run was held in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance charity and the Cambridge & Coleridge Athletic Club’s trust fund.
He said: “The Cambourne 10k is entirely run by volunteers, and the difference between our operating costs and what we take in revenue from entry fees is all donated to charity – as well as the people raising money for charity by running the race.”
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