Sun brings runners to Waterbeach Running Festival in Cambridgeshire
The sun shone after a cloudy start and helped this year’s Waterbeach Running Festival become a record-breaking event with more people donning their running shoes than in previous years.
Nearly 800 people took part in the fourth event at the former Waterbeach Barracks on Saturday (May 11), raising around £4,500 for local charity, Waterbeach Toddler Playgroup.
On the day, more than a thousand people also enjoyed, among other things, a bouncy castle and a range of stalls and activities.
On the track, Tony Bacon successfully defended his title to take his fourth consecutive win in the 5k men’s race.
The runners-up in last year’s 5k women’s race, Vicki Moignard, and 10k men’s race, David McLean, won their events this year, while the winner of the 10k women’s race, Emma Hodson, finished just 18 seconds behind David McLean and was the second runner over the line.
Event organisers Jessica Kitt, Vikki Ashcroft and Mim Christensen – with support from a team of volunteers – ensured the running events ran smoothly.
Jessica said attendance was up on last year, adding: “It was brilliant. We had loads of people entering on the day, in spite of the rain – actually it rained until about 9am and then it stopped, so it was sunny for us, which was good.”
Jessica added: “We had lots of different people locally who sponsored us in various ways – either by giving us people or equipment or money, which all helped make the day go well.”
Sponsors included Douglass Digital, Urban&Civic, and Wild Thyme & Embers.