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Cambridge's Town and Gown race is going green

Paper goody bags and reusable 750ml water bottles will contribute to a more ecologically successful event for this year’s Cambridge Town and Gown 10k race.

Cambridge Town and Gown 10k, 2018 Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge Town and Gown 10k, 2018 Picture: Keith Heppell

Now in its eighth year, both the new sponsors, Newton, and organisers, Muscular Dystrophy UK, say they are seeking to respect the environment as they plan this year’s run on Sunday, October 20.

Muscular Dystrophy UK race director, Jessie Keighley, said: “We’re working with local authorities to make sure water taps are available throughout the event and that we have necessary recycling plans in place for the tidy up.”

Sarah Anderson, graduate recruitment manager at Newton, said: “Town and Gown is such a flagship event in the city’s calendar, drawing attention from locals and visitors alike.

"We hope that through efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the run, we can inspire others to do the same – both runners and spectators.”

The event sold out last year, with 2,461 runners registered.

This year, the city’s streets will again be closed for the run, which goes through the heart of Cambridge.

The junior 3k starts at 9.15am and the 10k starts at 10am, and there are still a few places left.

Register at townandgown10k.com.

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