Over 2,000 runners turned Cambridge into a sea of orange at Sunday’s (20 October) Town and Gown 10K. They ran through the historic university city for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
This race is part of a 10K series organised by Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) that are held in Oxford, Cambridge and Leicester. Now in its 8th year, the Cambridge race was awarded a bronze medal in the 2018 Running Awards for the Best 10K in East England and is a professionally organised event for runners of all ages and abilities.
Midsummer Common in Cambridge was the location for the event village with the start and finish close by. F45 Training carried out a warm-up with youngsters in the Junior 3K before their race at 9.15am then took the adults through their paces, ready for the 10K at 10am.
They set off from Victoria Avenue along a scenic course around Cambridge, passing university buildings and along the River Cam. Many runners wore orange in honour of MDUK and there were plenty of smiles as they completed the 6.2 miles with the aid of cheerful marshals along the way.
Joseph Smith was first across the line in 30:00 followed by Ben Jones of Cambridge & Coleridge AC in 31:46 and teammate Chris Darling in 31:59. Georgina Schwiening of Cambridge Runners was the first female in 34:02 with Emma Hodson of Cambridge University Hare and Hounds second in 36:00. Rachel Doherty of Higham Harriers AC came third in 36:59.
Daniel Zailer Fletcher won the Junior 3K in 10:46; Lola Kidman was the winning girl in 13:07.
Headline sponsor Newton Europe handed out reusable water bottles and refreshments at the finish.
Image courtesy of Pam Burnard