How the 10k run and 3k fun run got its start
Bourn to Run was first brought to life in 2009, when two mums at Bourn Primary Academy had the idea to turn their love of running into a fundraising event for the local community. Since then, the annual 10k race and 3k fun run has grown year-upon-year as word spreads. Competitors enjoy the scenic course, while spectators join in the community spirit.
Creating a trail run
When two Bourn mums decided to create a running event to raise money for the community, they had no idea what a success it would be. They formed an organising committee made up of parents from Bourn Primary Academy and members of the Bourn Sports Club – the two charitable beneficiaries. From the initial meeting, it was agreed that the name should be ‘Bourn to Run’ and that the course should feature both a 10k race (for serious runners) and a 3k fun run (so the whole family could be involved).
Sponsors were sought, and the committee found incredible support from local businesses for this new community event.
The organising committee made the important decision that this should be a multi-terrain run – taking advantage of the beautiful countryside in which Bourn is situated. They gained permission from local landowners to create a trail that criss-crossed the village, and obtained the necessary road-blocking permissions to create an idyllic 10k route.
The first run, held in 2009, far surpassed expectations. With 245 runners in the 10k and 230 in the 3k, plus the generous support of local businesses, £5,100 was raised for the Bourn beneficiaries. Runners had a fantastic time and marked their calendars for the run the next year. Word spread, and the event grew each year.
In 2012 and 2013, Bourn to Run reached its race limit of 600 runners for the 10k race. Hundreds more children and adults competed in the 3k fun run, with the majority of local school children taking part.
How the proceeds are spent
Since Bourn to Run was established in 2009, the event has raised over £50,000! These proceeds have helped pay for Bourn Primary Academy’s swimming pool installation and ongoing maintenance, 10 laptops, 30 mountain bikes, an all-weather cricket strip and net, an outdoor theatre and outdoor drums. For Bourn Sports Club, the annual proceeds pay for maintenance of the all-weather tennis courts – well-used by the community.
Our Cambridge running event today
This year promises to be the best run yet, taking advantage of our updated courses and improved facilities. A bag drop at registration allows all contestants to enjoy the post-run festivities, while Bourn Primary Academy’s very own ‘Bourn Bistro’ and BSA (the parent-teacher association) cater the finish-line event.
In addition to the support this event provides for the academy and sports club, Bourn to Run also makes a donation to the village in recognition of the vital support that the villagers of Bourn have given the race. Bourn’s Parish Council decides how this money would best benefit the community.
Don’t miss out! Register today to run the 10k or 3k, or volunteer your time and get involved!
New to 2018: ‘The Great Toddler Dash’
A 200m hop, skip, jump across the Recreation Ground at Bourn, for the under fives. The idea is to get kids involved in fitness early and enjoy a fun day for the whole family.
For more information see website and social media below.