Sawston Fun Run collects target

Sawston Fun Run ANL-140519-142759001
Sawston Fun Run ANL-140519-142759001

Weather conditions described by organisers as “atrocious” failed to put a damper on the annual Sawston Fun Run and Walk.

Now in its 28th year, the event attracted more than 880 runners and walkers – down on numbers from last year.

Sawston Rotary Club puts this drop partly down to the high winds and cold weather, which meant the club was unable to put up marquees on the day, as well as two or three groups who normally take part not doing so this year.

It was won by Sean McKenna, from Duxford, in a time of 27 minutes, and the ladies winner was Nicky Savill in a time of 29.44 minutes. Sian Webster, from Sawston, won the ladies 40-54 years category for the second consecutive year, and Vicki Green, also from Sawston, completed her 27th year of taking part in the fun run and came second in the 55+ years category.

But despite the bad weather on May 11, organisers hope that their target of raising £15,000 will be reached after all the sponsorship comes in. To date, more than £382,000 has been donated to local charities and organisations.

The major beneficiaries will be the Arthur Rank Hospice, Granta special needs school in Linton, Centre33 in Cambridge and Eddie’s, formerly Cambridgeshire Mencap.

Others to benefit are Sawston cinema, Sawston girls football club, Sawston cricket club, Sawston youth drama, Sawston First Responders, Little Shelford sports pavilion, Duxplay at Duxford, Shelford & Stapleford Scouts, and Stapleford Primary School.

In addition, all Year 6 children leaving seven local primary schools will receive a dictionary at the end of the summer term.

Organisers said the whole community got involved in the day, including Scouts, air and Army cadets, the cricket club, students from Sawston village college and Sawston youth group.

Chairman of the organising committee, Rotarian Ian Chamberlain said: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped, the businesses, and all those in Sawston who contributed. We all braved the weather with a smile.”