Record numbers take on Hunts 10k challenge

Hunts 10k Charity Run, at Alconbury Weald, start of the 10k,

Hunts 10k Charity Run, at Alconbury Weald, start of the 10k, - Credit: Archant

The sixth annual Hunts 10k run was a huge success on Sunday (June 21), raising thousands of pounds for its six chosen charities, with a record number of entrants.

Steve Robinson form Peterborough AC was first to cross the line in 33min 47sec, while the first female to finish was Samantha Fiske from Team Breheny in 41min 43sec.

Everyone from serious runners to costume-wearing children and adults took part in the 10K, 3K and 1K runs. The two shorter runs were on the old airfield at Alconbury Weald, with the 10K heading out towards Great Stukeley and back.

Costs are covered by corporate donations, with the main sponsor being St Ives-based Cook Italian, as well as Huntingdon Audi. Hunts-based Activ8rlives also supplied one of their activity trackers for every school team that entered.

Paul Ryan from the Hunts 10k charitable trust said: “It was a really good day. Numbers were definitely up on last year.

“There are a lot of different races nowadays, but this isn’t just a race. We are a registered charity and we raise money for a number of local charities, but we are also here to promote healthy activity in the local area.”

This year’s charities were Marie Curie, SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire (Bloodrunners), RNIB, Ormiston Families, Home-Start Cambridgeshire, Hunts Blind and Godmanchester Rovers Youth Football.

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Examples of charities the trust has helped in the past range from Marie Curie, which last year benefitted from 200 additional hours of care for its service users. The Alconbury Thursday Club, which provides a day out for elderly and housebound local residents, received funds for a new hearing aid loop and entertainment events for its members; Riding for the Disabled was given funds towards hire costs and specially-adapted tack; and the Hunts Jump Club for people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities received two badly-needed trampolines to help aid activity in a fun environment.