Sullivan Smith from Great Shelford sets the pace for Sawston’s 2023 Coronation Fun Run

A big thank you to all our kind sponsors, participants and volunteers for taking part in the 37th successful year of active fundraising. This year we attracted are largest entry figure ever, with 1,335 runners taking part and we hope to raise over £15,000 for our chosen beneficiaries. This will take our cumulative total close to £530,000 that has been donated towards local charities and organisations since the event was started in 1986.

It’s not all about competition though, our main focus is to bring families together for an amazing community event! We have to give credit where it is due however to our 2023 Sawston Fun Run champion Sullivan Smith from Great Shelford, who completed the run in 23 mins 26 secs. The first lady home was Catlin Wade from Trumpington, in a finishing time of 30 mins 6 secs.

If you missed out on this event, don’t worry we’ll be back on Sunday 12th May 2024. Bookmark this website and like us on Facebook to be kept in the loop!

2024 Sawston Fun Run & Walk – Sunday May 12th

Would you like to become a Beneficiary of Sawston’s annual flagship event?

We are delighted to inform you that organisations can now apply to become a beneficiary of next year’s Sawston Fun Run & Walk. Each year this excellent community event raises thousands of pounds for local good causes.

We would like to hear from local community groups who would benefit from some additional funding in 2024. Grants are usually in the range of £250 – £1,500, however larger grants are also made to a couple of “headline” organisations and these grants are usually in the order of £2,500 to £5,000.

The grants will be paid after next year’s fun run on Sunday 12th May 2024 and are subject to the event going ahead and the anticipated funds being raised.

To give you a flavour of the type of support we have provided this year we have helped the Arthur Rank Hospice purchase new modern televisions allowing patients greater access to news and entertainment during their stay. We have helped an after school club purchase sports equipment and have assisted a local PTA in their project to buy new play equipment for their school. We have also helped a local youth organisation replace worn out resuscitation mannequins to allow them to continue to train young people to save lives.

If you feel your organisation could be helped by a grant from next year’s Sawston Fun Run & Walk please email David Ellis for an application form at [email protected]
Alternatively you can download an application form by clicking on the link below.

We look forward to receiving your application forms.

2023 Beneficiaries

The two major charities to benefit from the 2023 Sawston Fun Run and Walk will be the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Cambridge Cancer Help Centre. If you would like to make a DONATION PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Its ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families.


Donna Talbot, Communications and Income Generation Director has said ‘The Sawston Fun Run creates special memories for all those taking part and the funds raised will enable us to keep making every moment count for those we care for and support. Funds from this year’s Fun Run will enable us to purchase 22 Smart televisions with Internet connectivity and built-in Apps that provide access to streaming and other online services. Your support and generosity will enable our patients to stay socially connected and for us to continue to make every moment count.’


Internet connectivity is now an essential part of all our lives. It is especially important for those with limited mobility who are confined indoors. Research shows that providing online connectivity for patients to maintain contact with friends and family can help combat social isolation and improve well-being at the end of life. Donna says ‘We are living in difficult financial times but please don’t underestimate the importance of each pound you donate or pledge through sponsoring someone to take part. You are helping to make a difference to a person when they need it most.’




The Cambridge Cancer Help Centre (CCHC) offers free support to local people facing a cancer diagnosis at their purpose built centre at the Scotsdales Garden Centre.  A warm welcome awaits anyone in need of the service whether it is for information and support, for a therapy, or to enjoy social activities with others going through a similar journey.It offers counselling, self-help courses and a wide range of complementary therapies such as reflexology, massage, yoga and acupuncture. Specialist groups for breast, ovarian, lymphoma and prostate cancer meet regularly providing information, peer support and friendship. It is a safe place and a relaxing environment where tears often turn to smiles and where many long lasting friendships are forged.

Trustee Chair, Ted Sage has said “We are delighted to be involved with the Sawston Fun Run this year and thank all the runners for participating in this ever popular event that does so much to help local charities.  For a small local charity like the CCHC that relies on voluntary contributions, I assure you that your support will make a huge difference to the quality of life of our local communities. Thank you!



In addition, this year’s funds will also go to support the following groups and charities in Sawston and the surrounding villages: Camms Meals on Wheels, Active With Parkinson’s Cambs Group, The DX Club (Duxford After School Club), Icknield Primary School PTA, Anglian Leisure Sawston, Whittlesford Over 80’s Pilates Group, Sawston Air Cadets and dictionaries for students at our local Primary Schools.

 PLEASE SUPPORT SAWSTON’S FLAGSHIP EVENT by DONATING NOW and thereby adding to the £515,000 the event has already generated over the years.

The Cambridge Sawston Rotary Trust
Charity Number: 1051512