It was ‘all well that runs well’ at the new multi-terrain event last Sunday (24 June) in South Cambridgeshire. This was the first Run Orwell but it won’t be the last.
Run Orwell offered a choice of three distances: 10K, 5K and a 2K Fun Run for families. The event was organised by Friends of Petersfield Church of England Aided Primary School and started and finished in the attractive village of Orwell.
Entry was limited to 300 and sold out with only a week to go as entrants were tempted by the scenery, warm weather and the opportunity to run on private land. The organisers obtained permission from landowners to cross their fields and similar areas which are normally closed to the public. In addition to this were a few short sections on the road.
There was a bootcamp style warm-up at the Orwell Recreation Ground from DexterPT, getting everyone ready to run at 10am. The 5K and 10K started a short distance away at Leaden Hill with the 2K held within the Recreation Ground.
Ben Veitch won the 10K in 38:34. Grainne Brennan was the fastest female in 42:56.
In the 5K, Sam Wilson was first across the line in 21:02. Sara Walker was the first lady in 25:47.
Wendy Hammond summed up the post-race response to the new race on social media: "I loved every minute of it, well organised, beautiful course and amazing marshals, can’t wait for next year to do it all again."
There were medals for all the finishers who soaked up the sun whilst enjoying a BBQ and Maud’s ice cream. The organisers would like to thank the runners, sponsors, volunteers and marshals for a successful day and hope to see everyone next year.