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Sawston fun run - hopes for biggest race yet

By Sammi Nice

Pics from the Sawston fun run, starting from the Village College. The runners make their way down from the start. ENGANL00120110515210749
Pics from the Sawston fun run, starting from the Village College. The runners make their way down from the start. ENGANL00120110515210749

On its 30th birthday, organisers of the Sawston Fun Run are hoping this year’s race will be the biggest yet.

The race is the largest annual community-led charity event in Cambridgeshire, regularly attracting over 1,100 entrants and hundreds of spectators.

This year’s race will take place on Sunday, May 10.

The event supports exclusively local charities and organisations in the Cambridgeshire area, especially those that help the sick, very young, the elderly, those concerned with youth development and local community projects.

This year, the beneficiaries include local charity Tom’s Trust, which was set up in 2011 as a legacy to Tom Whiteley, who died, aged nine, of a brain tumour.

Through this charity his memory lives on and vital help is being provided to other children facing similar life changing situations.

Debs Whiteley, founder of Tom’s Trust, said: “We are so pleased to have been chosen as one of the event’s 2015 charities.

“The money donated by Sawston Fun Run will enable vital neuro-psychological tests to take place. This enables the Brainbow team to establish a rehabilitation prescription for each individual child, ensuring that they have the best possible chance to succeed.”

Other groups who will benefit from the run include Sawston Youth Drama, AM Challis Trust, Babraham Primary School, Icknield School and South Cambs Riding for Disabled.

The organisers, the Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston District, aim to raise at least another £15,000.

Ian Chamberlain, chairman of Rotary’s organising committee, said: “We’re pleased we can support the local community by organising an event that helps local charities and organisations.” He added:”It’s always a pleasure to see so many people enjoying themselves.

“The help we receive from the business community is vital to the organisation of the event, so we thank the sponsors and everyone else very sincerely for all their support. We hope that many will enter and we wish everyone a great time on May 10”.

A new route will include the centre of the village. It is hoped the race will appeal to regular runners as well as newcomers.

The Cambridge Building Society is the event sponsor and other sponsors are: Adams Harrison, Bradshaws, Budgens Sawston, Gibbs Denley Insurance Services, McDonald’s, Morgan Sindall, Ridgeons Group, Scotsdales, Vindis Sawston and Sawston Parish Council.

Registrations for the Sawston fun run and walk can now be made online or with a downloadable form from the website www.sawstonfunrun.co.uk

Forms are also available at branches of The Cambridge Building Society and Sawston Village College.

There are entry fees of £5 for entrants in school years 1 to 11, and £10 for adults of 17 years and over.

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