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Month-long Run Everyone virtual team running event launched by TTP Cambridge Half Marathon organisers

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A virtual run event will take place in March, established by the organisers of the TTP Cambridge Half Marathon.

Run Everyone is an initiative designed to get businesses and organisations competing and having fun, whatever their age and level of fitness.

A runner in the 2020 Cambridge Half Marathon. Picture: Keith Heppell
A runner in the 2020 Cambridge Half Marathon. Picture: Keith Heppell

Six live leaderboards will be created the event’s dedicated web page, showing how entrants are performing throughout the month and enabling them to compete in the following categories:

  • Most kilometres travelled by a team
  • Most kilometres travelled by an individual
  • Fastest team half marathon (four people)
  • Fastest individual half-marathon
  • Most individuals engaged
  • Biggest fundraisers

The event will support national and local charities - Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Charlie Waller Trust, Muscular Dystrophy UK, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, Tom’s Trust and Power2Inspire.

It will take place in the month usually reserved for the half-marathon. But in 2021, as the Cambridge Independent has reported, that run will take place on October 17, as part of a festival of running with the Town & Gown 10K, which will take place the day before.

Adam Moffat, director of the TTP Cambridge Half Marathon, said: “We are very excited to be launching Run Everyone. During the past year, it has become clearer than ever before that physical exercise, as well as creating a sense of togetherness, are essential to our society.

“It is our mission to bring community back to the workplaces and clubs of Cambridge by encouraging everyone to get running. Whether you run 100m or 100km, every step counts towards the final goal.”

The event is open to all over the age of four. Wheelchairs and prams are welcome too - although the distance travelled by infants in prams will not be added to a team’s score...

John Willis, CEO at Power2Inspire, a Cambridgeshire-based charity that promotes inclusion through sport, said: “At Power2Inspire we are working towards a society where everyone can enjoy sport together, regardless of age, gender, faith, ethnicity or disability.

“Run Everyone is exactly the type of event that we love and we’re very pleased to be a charity partner.

Cambridge Half Marathon (43417939)
Cambridge Half Marathon (43417939)

“It really doesn’t matter who you are or what you believe, what’s important is that you get involved in sport alongside other people and have lots of fun.

“We’ll be entering an inclusive team and look forward to walking, wheeling and running in competition with other businesses and organisations across Cambridge in March.”

Runners who use Garmin devices will automatically be able to register their runs onto the website of technology provider Resultsbase. Otherwise, data can uploaded manually, along with evidence such as a picture of your fitness device or a screenshot from Strava.

Anna Smith, executive councillor for communities for Cambridge City Council, said: “It's never been more important to get out in the open air and stay fit. It's so crucial for both physical and mental wellbeing.

“Although many of our centres have been closed over much of the last year, people have shown so many creative ways to stay healthy. Cambridge has a great sense of community, and this initiative is just one way that we can work as teams in a Covid-safe way, whilst having fun and raising money for some exceptional charities. I hope that as many people as possible get involved in this great virtual challenge.”

Sign up at cambridgehalfmarathon.com/virtual. Entry is £25 per team member, which includes a T-shirt and medal.

There will also be an opportunity to earn virtual goody bags, with vouchers and special offers, as your team clocks up the kilometres.

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