Cambridge has numerous running events throughout the year - some long and some short - catering for those that want to compete to those who want to keep fit and raise money for charity.
Keep an eye on the ones listed below.
The Boundary Run (March)
Feeling fit with the post Xmas exercise regime? The Boundary Run is a marathon (~26.2 miles) and half-marathon (~13.1 miles) race that skirts the boundaries of Cambridge. The University Cross-Country Running Club organises it. The course traverses roads, footpaths and trails, and incorporates some of the best bits of the city. It’s a laid back event with a friendly and pressure-free atmosphere (well - it is organised by students). Both the full- and half-marathon courses are about 30% off-road, and there are several reasonably sized hills on the trail. Promoted as 'a challenging but fun' and rewarding course. For more information, click here.
Cambourne 10K (April)
Now in its twelfth year, the race takes place in April and appeals to runners of all levels. Its sister event, the Cambridge Cambourne Fun Run, is excellent for younger runners. You can even sign up for a two-leg relay race option. The course passes through wooded areas and alongside lakes. It is almost entirely off-road and traffic-free, on proper footpaths. For more information, click here.
The Barr Ellison Wimpole 10K hoohaah (May)
If you love cross-country running, then you'll enjoy running across the grounds of the National Trust's Wimpole Estate. Wimpole sits in rolling countryside with some moderate hills. The route takes in parkland, lakes, a folly and spectacular views of the Cambridgeshire countryside. The route will include stretches of footpaths, woodland and meadows. Hoohaah 2019 runs are fundraising for Camsight & Cambridge City Foodbank. This one could get muddy! For more information, click here.
Go Insane (June)
For adults only. Involves mud - and lots of it. The event is held at Washbrook Farm, Doddington in Cambridgeshire. The course is set out in a loop. Each participant gets the choice on the day of completing 1 lap or 2, allowing for 5km or 10km in distance. The course includes pond wades, waterslides, hay bale climbs and running. For more information, click here.
Race for Life (July)
Get ready to wear pink. Race for Life raises millions each year for cancer research. It offers both 10k and 5k routes taking in some of the best views of Cambridge. On a mix of tarmac, grass and cobbles, the course takes runners through the city centre, coursing past market square, through Kings College, before finally reaching the festival atmosphere of Jesus Green to enjoy an afternoon in the park. For more information, click here.
Bourn to Run (September)
This is a fantastic event (but we would say that!). The course takes you around the picturesque village of Bourn on the outskirts of Cambridge and offers exhilaration for serious runners as well as buckets of family fun for parents and children. You can participate in the 10K or 3K fun run and there is even a toddler dash so long as you can catch them at the finishing line. Runners will get to enjoy a fantastic cross-country course, while spectators can get into the village fair spirit. The course is kept a secret until nearer the date and is different every year. To register, click here.
The Newmarket Classic Run (October)
Fancy pegging it around a racecourse? Experience the unique atmosphere of running around the Newmarket racecourse. In addition to the 10km event there is also be a 5km Run, Junior Run and a Family Mile. You will have the opportunity to run alongside the historic Rowley Mile and experience that finishing feeling under the gantry that only the world’s elite jockey’s get to experience. For more information, click here.