This year the annual Cottenham 7K Fun Run was blessed with some wonderful weather on the May Day bank holiday weekend. This ensured a great crowd to cheer the runners on and to enjoy the morning market with over 20 stalls offering cakes, gifts, competitions and much more.
The Fun Run, started nearly 30 years ago by Jasper Kay, continues to flourish under Martyn Leeks supported by Rebecca Cole. They organise the event on behalf of the Fen Edge Community Association; we strongly feel that events like this are an integral part of local communities and a wonderful way of bringing people together.
This year’s Fun Run raised £1,052.33 for the Cambridgeshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association a group with the sole aim of serving all those in the area who are living with motor neurone disease and their carers, family and friends.Our picture shows race organiser Martyn Leeks presenting the cheque to members of the group.
We are indebted to Malary Ltd for their sponsorship and ever generous support and would also like to thank Cottenham Parish Council for their kind donation of £250.
The first race was the mini Fun Run for primary school children. One lap around the Village College playing field, a distance of one mile. A total of 67 children took part, each awarded a race medal for their superb achievement.
The main 7K race attracted 129 runners, 27 of those school children. The race takes a circular route around the village, part on road and part cross country (the best bit). First home was Finn Johnson in 23 minutes and 50 seconds beating his winning time in 2017 by 50 seconds. The first female was Lisa Marriott, with another great time of 28 minutes and 50 seconds.
The medal ceremony provided just reward for the first three places in all race categories and the podium results are listed below.