Once again, the Cottenham 7K Fun Run provided a great morning out for athletes and spectators alike. The proud tradition, started nearly 30 years ago by Jasper Kay, continues to flourish.
This year, Saturday 6th May was cold and overcast. Perfect for runners, a bit challenging for the hardy market stalls, including Carlo’s Ices, attractively circled around the pond.
Fun Run Headquarters was up and ‘running’ at 06:00. Course to check, traffic signage to erect, kilometre markers to position. Then back to Cottenham Village College for the opening of race registration at 9 AM. This year, for the first time, we went digital, with internet pre-registration, a feature that will grow in future years.
First race was the mini Fun Run; one lap around the College playing field, a distance of approximately one mile. A total of 66 children participated, each with a race medal won for their fantastic achievement.
The main 7 Km race commenced at 10:45, with the race starting at the very top end of the College playing fields. A total of 129 runners competed, 47 of those school children.
The race comprises a measured seven kilometres, part on road, part cross country, taking a circular route around the village. First home was Mr Finn Johnson, with a superb time of 24 minutes, 40 seconds. First lady was Mara Johnson, with another great time of 29 minutes, 43 seconds.
The medal ceremony, provided just reward for the first three places to all race categories. Podium results, per category, as listed. All medal winners warmly congratulated by the appreciative crowd.
And that’s it. Pack it all up, put it all away, and eagerly await next year! Once again we are indebted to Malary Ltd waste recycling solutions for their ever generous support and sponsorship as well as the donations of race entrants and market stalls.
This year all monies received, after costs, totalled £850 and have been donated to ‘Twinkle Star Children’s Trust’. The Trust’s primary aims are to support local children’s projects, enrich the lives and educational experiences of children from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds. Twinkle Star’s wider aims include raising children’s awareness of nature, educating them in the preservation of the environment for their futures. The Trust was established in memory of Isaac Chapman.