The weather Gods smiled on the Grantchester Charity Runs on Sunday as 330+ runners set off to run 10k or 3k in glorious September sunshine.
The 10k was dominated by William Watkins from the get go as he completed the course in 35:13, our second fastest time ever. He was chased home by Luke Ashby and Alessandro Borraccino. For the women, Natasha Michael improved on her third-place last year to lead the way ahead of Ellie Saggers and Sophie Jones.
Turning to the 3k, Craig Calver knocked over 20 seconds from his ‘21 time to cross the line ahead of the van Gael brothers, Noah and Jasper. Natalie Pannell and Karen Grapes, admittedly with a bit of 4 paw’ed assistance, took the honours for the women but special mention is due to Katy Hinshelwood who chased them home more than 30s faster than her ‘21 time.
Many thanks to our sponsors Bidwells who made sure that we will be able to make a good donation to our two Addenbrookes based charities, Maggie’s Centre Cambridge and ACT, both of whose volunteers enabled the smooth running of the Registration and post run refreshments again generously orchestrated by the Lunchtime Company and the Red Lion in Grantchester.
We are also indebted to the Village of Grantchester and Cricket Club for their logistical and marshalling support. Last but by no means least, thanks are due to Trumpington Farms for their help with the courses.
We look forward to doing it all again on Sunday, September 24th next year.
“A 10k PB alongside some fab friends on a beautiful Sunday morning ☀️ Raising ££ for the wonderful Maggie’s Centres & running in solidarity with anyone facing a cancer diagnosis”
“I had a great time at the race today.”
“Hi thanks for a great race today, I’ll really enjoyed it! I was just wondering if you publish a write-up of your race in any local newspapers?”
1. Craig Calver
2. Noah Van Gael
3. Jasper Van Gael
1. Natalie Pannell
2. Karen Grapes
3. Katy Hinshelwood
1. William Watkins
2. Luke Ashby
3. Alessandro Borraccino
1. Natasha Michael
2. Ellie Saggers
3. Sophie Jones
and from the organisers…
It was great to see so many smiling faces around the Grantchester Charity Runs on Sunday but we are sure there were more determined expressions out on the courses. We were extremely pleased with the turn-out and the initial feedback has been gratifying.
Working with our new sponsors Bidwells and our charities Maggie’s and ACT was a real pleasure. Their enthusiasm was palpable and ensured the smooth running of the day as well as overcoming the inevitable snafus.
Our 10k and 3k winners really tore up the course, so congratulations to them and congratulations to everyone who participated whatever their time. The stories of the challenges some of our runners have overcome have been truly inspirational.
Jo Anthony Photography has some splendid group shots in addition to the ones here and they will appear via Grantchester10k.org. in due course. I’d hoped to get our other volunteer provider, Coach House Healthcare, to have a look at my dodgy shoulder but they were just too busy!
Christie Marrian and Justin Fairhall on behalf of the GCR organisers.