It was a pleasantly warm day (Sunday, September 26) as runners descended on two recreation grounds for the Impington Running Festival and the Shelford Fun Run respectively.
At Impington, there was a 5K, a 3K and an under fours’ 200m, organised by HI Friends, and a free supersensory 1K event, provided by Power2Inspire. Neil Davies, charity manager for HI Friends, said: “We had 270 people participate in our various runs for all ages, and it was just really good to get back to having an in-person community event.”
The run is normally held over the May Day bank holiday but had to be postponed in 2020 and in May. “We were determined to hold it this year, hence the late September date,” he said.
The festival, which began in 2004, is a “pretty informal event”, says Neil, and therefore formal results are not recorded. Meanwhile, at the third ‘in-person’ Shelford Fun Run – a 5k race and a family-friendly 5k fun run – Darren Matthews was the overall winner, with a time of 16:32.9, while the fastest woman was Sally Knight in a time of 21:01.8.
Eleanor McCrone, chair of the Great Shelford Playscape charity – which helps run the event and benefits from the proceeds – said: “We were delighted to be back in person this year because last year we had to do a virtual fun run.
“It has turned into a really wonderful annual village event, where lots of people come and spectate and cheer everybody on.”
For more on Playscape, visit shelfordplayscape.org. Don't miss this week's Cambridge Independent (September 29-October 5 issue) for a picture special on both events.