It was a case of light the blue touch paper and stand back as over 900 runners were off like a shot at the community-minded Bonfire Burn 10K yesterday (Sunday 4 November).
This was the 8th outing for the Bonfire Burn 10K, a well established race that has retained a cosy, village atmosphere despite its growing popularity. It is one of several events organised by registered charity Histon & Impington Friends of the Recreation Ground who support sport, exercise and wellbeing across all age groups in the local community. The Friends also hold the Impington 5K Running Festival, Flaming June Half Marathon and the Strawberry 50 Cycle event which together with the Bonfire Burn 10K are fundraisers for the charity. These have made possible, extensive redevelopment work on the Recreation Ground for the benefit of the village.
The race started at 10.30am with runners following a multi-terrain course around Histon & Impington including Orchard Park, Cambridge Science Park and Cambridge Regional College before finishing back at the Recreation Ground.
Johannes Arens blazed across the line in 33:50 followed by Paul Waggitt of Ely Runners in 34:36. Kevin O’Holleran of Cambridge & Coleridge AC was third in 34:45.
In the women’s race, Georgina Schwiening of Cambridge & Coleridge AC won in 34:48, adding this title to her triumph at the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon. Teammate Zoe MacDonald was second in 38:29 with Joni Wildman third in 38:42.
There was plenty of local support from marshals and spectators that reflected the friendly, welcoming ethos of the event and appreciated by those taking part. A sizzling medal was the reward for their efforts.