Our gallery of hundreds completing Hills Road Sixth Form College fun run in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust
Event supported by Arm in its 11th year - and also featured 45km cycle ride
Hundreds of students and staff at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge enjoyed the 11th annual HR3/5km fun run on Wednesday afternoon, raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust in the process.
The run was started in the college quad by former Hills Road student Ben Szreter, who now works at Cambridge United Football Club, along with representatives from event sponsor Arm, the Cambridge-based computer chip giant.
The event has raised more than £90,000 for local charities over the years.
The 3km and 5km route took participants along Hills Road, down Luard Road to the college’s sports ground,continuing along Sedley Taylor Road, out on to Long Road, along Hobson’s Brook footpath, up Brooklands Avenue and back onto Hills Road.
Annual Hills Road 6th Form Fun Run, Hills Road Sixth Form College raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust . Picture: Keith Heppell
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Other staff and student cyclists left the college for a 45km cycle ride passing through the Shelfords, Newton, Fowlmere, Ickleton, Duxford and Whittlesford, before returning to the college.
Ayden Duffy, PE teacher at Hills Road and one of the organisers, said: “Hills Road students helped organise this year’s fun run as part of their Extended Project Qualification.
“They had the opportunity to develop their public speaking, organisational, communication and publicity skills.
“We are hoping to raise in excess of £5,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.”
Arm’s generosity enabled the college to purchase T-shirts for all participants.
Creating a festival-like atmosphere at the end of the fun run in the college quad was live music and street food.
Judith Anderson, Teenage Cancer Trust regional fundraiser, said: “The incredible support of Hills Road Sixth Form College, undertaking challenges like the 5km fun run, is invaluable.
“Without vital fundraising Teenage Cancer Trust wouldn’t be able to provide the specialised nursing and emotional support that young people with cancer aged 13-24 so desperately need.
“But right now, the charity doesn’t have enough nurses and can only support half of young people with cancer. The help of supporters through challenges like this, are crucial to fund more Teenage Cancer Trust nurses.
“Our thanks go to Dobbies Garden Centres and Del Monte for supply refreshments for all the participants, free of charge.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Hills Road Sixth Form College.”
Don’t miss our special coverage in next Wednesday’s Cambridge Independent (May 2).