Grantchester Charity Runs
Thanks to all who participated in the 2016 Grantchester Charity Runs. The next Grantchester Charity Runs will be on Sunday, October 8th, 2017!
Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!
Brief History of Running
Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.
Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.
How to get started in running events
Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.
Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.
Running Races Near Me
There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;
Fun Runs | 5K Runs | 10K Runs | Half Marathons | Marathons
Top Running Events in 2020
We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.
The Grantchester Charity Runs Course
The weather is set fair and we are expecting a record turn-out!
The Runs and Parking are located on the Trumpington side of Grantchester. Grantchester Village have kindly allowed us to use the Grantchester Village Charity Car Park which is about 200 meters towards Trumpington from the start of the Runs. There is a map on www.grantchester10k.org.
Please register when you arrive and pick up your run Bibs and GCR T-shirts if you have pre-donated to ACT and EACH for them. There will be a limited number of T-shirts available by donation on the day.
In the Registration area you will see representatives from our two chosen charities, the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) and East Anglia’s Children’ Hospices (EACH). Please stop by and say hello. Natalie Harman from Sports Corrective Therapy (see below) will also be on hand and don’t miss the warm-up with Chloe Beeton. A bag drop is available.
Justin Fairhall, from our gold sponsor Flair Catering, will be starting the 2016 Grantchester Charity Runs. Please be at the start line 5 minutes before the scheduled start times.
Save the date, Sunday October 8th, 2017 for the next Grantchester Charity Runs….