Sawston Fun Run in Cambridgeshire raises over £15,000
Fun, creativity and endurance were the order of the day at the annual Sawston Fun Run – one of the longest-running events of its kind in Cambridgeshire.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston, the event, which took place on Sunday (May 12), was first held in 1986.
Runners and families came together to complete either the 7.4k run or the shorter 4k route for walkers and for school chindren in Years 1-6.
The start and finish at Sawston Village College attracted crowds who enjoyed the fancy dress competition, the children’s slide, face painting, a fire engine and numerous side stalls.
The overall 7.4k winner was John Baslington, of Sawston, in a time of 25 minutes, with Kristy Guneratne, of Great Shelford, the first woman home in a time of 29m 16s.
Sue Woods, of Sawston, won the over 55 years women’s race for the fifth consecutive year, while the first Sawston Village College girl was Sophie Brock, retaining her 2018 title.
The first Sawston Village College boy was Mathew Smith.
Tony Collett, one of the organisers, said: “It was one of the best ever, in terms of turnout – we had 1,106 on the starting lines, which is the third highest in 34 years.
“The Sawston Fun Run is one of the original runs around Cambridgeshire, and this year we’ve raised at least £15,000 – we don’t know the final figure until late June when we get all the money in.
"It’ll take the cumulative figure to more than £470,000. All that money goes to local causes, and this year the major one is the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre based in Shelford, which will get most of the money.”