Wow! 2024 record breaking year attracts almost 1500 participants

Freddy Bennett from Sawston takes the lead for Sawston’s Fun Run 2024

A heartfelt thank you to all our generous sponsors, participants, and dedicated volunteers for making the 38th edition of Sawston’s Fun Run a tremendous success. This year marked a milestone as we welcomed our largest number of participants ever, with an incredible 1,480 runners taking part. Together, we estimate to have raised over £15,000, supporting 24 smaller, local charities and organisations for 2024. This brings our cumulative total to nearly £545,000 donated to local causes since the event’s inception in 1986.

These local charities and organisations are the unsung heroes of our community, each with a unique mission that resonates with our values. By supporting 24 diverse and enthusiastic groups this year, we are ensuring that our collective efforts make a widespread and meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most.
A full list of the 24 organisations we intend to support for 2024 can be found below.

Freddy Bennett, an ex-Sawston Village College pupil, demonstrated extraordinary dedication by winning the long route race in an impressive 25 minutes and 45 seconds at the Sawston Fun Run; after years of striving, consistently placing second or third, Freddy’s relentless training, including participation in the London Marathon, finally secured his well-deserved first-place position.“I love taking part in this event each year because it is so well organised. I’m really pleased to have finally won the race and trained well for it having taken part in the London Marathon a fortnight ago.”
Freddy Bennett from Sawston
Caitlin Wade from Trumpington claimed the title of the first female to complete the long route race in just 29 minutes and 59 seconds at the Sawston Fun Run, securing her first position for females for the second consecutive year, showcasing her consistent excellence and dedication to the event.“I ran the race last year and also won it, but felt much better this year even though it was warmer. The support from the community was amazing and everyone was cheering, so I was a little bit sad when it finished. It was really nice to receive a trophy and because there were so many awards being given out to different age groups there was a real community feel about the event.”
Caitlin Wade from Trumpington

Photos taken by John Hunting

Short Route Winners:

Male (School Years 1 to 6): Henry Harper from Whittlesford, completed the race in an impressive time of just 15 minutes and 34 seconds.

Female (School Years 1 to 6): Amelia Crawford from Histon, finished in just 17 minutes and 51 seconds.

Congratulations to all the participants!

This year’s response from charities and good causes for funding at the 2024 Sawston Fun Run & Walk was nothing short of astounding, and we have already received over £7,000 from commercial sponsors alone. The passion and dedication demonstrated by these organisations left us inspired and motivated.

Fancy Dress Competition:

Many of the runners took part in fancy dress, adding to the fun of the occasion. They were cheered on by a huge number of supporters who lined the streets, delighted by the runners’ amazing costumes.
The winners of the fancy dress were Bill and Ben, Willie Wonka and his mum and The Cat and the Fox.

If you missed out on this year’s event, don’t worry, we’ll be back next year for more fun and fundraising. Stay updated by bookmarking our website and liking our Facebook Page.

Gerry Holloway, who started the event in 1986 and was co-ordinator of this year’s event said. “This year’s Fun Run was one of the best ever with a huge number of people taking part and luckily we were blessed with very nice weather. The Sawston Fun Run is more than just a race—it’s a day filled with excitement and purpose, surrounded by family and friends, all coming together to support these 24 exceptional causes at the 2024 Sawston Fun Run & Walk. Your participation isn’t just about enjoying a fantastic day—it’s about actively supporting the fabric of our community and making a lasting impact on the organisations that enrich our lives. A very big thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s event so successful.”


Your participation isn’t just about enjoying a fantastic day—it’s about actively supporting the fabric of our community and making a lasting impact on the organisations that enrich our lives. A full list of the 24 organisations we are supporting in 2024 can be found here: View all 24 organisations
William Westley CE Primary School
The Shelford & Stapleford Youth Initiative
Sawston Army Cadets
Sawston Nursery
Anglian Leisure
Footprints Café Ltd
A M Challis Trust Ltd
Sawston Village History Society
Active with Parkinsons Cambs
Friends at Bellbird School (Fabs)
Touch My World Productions
Thriplow School PTA
Sawston Toy Library
Pippins Preschool
Sawston Let's Run Girls
Sawston Helping Out Together (SHOUT)
Sawston Air Cadets
1st Sawston Boys' & Girls' Brigade
1st Sawston Scouts
Sanskruti Cambridge CIC
Whittlesford District Girlguiding
Chapelfield Way Community Centre
John Huntingdon’s Charity

How Can You Help?

The Fun Run would not be able to exist without the generous support provided by many local businesses. You can help us in many ways, whether it’s by providing personnel and equipment on the day, having a stall at the event, or by advertising the Sawston Fun Run on your own website and social media platforms.

We have a range of advertising and sponsorship opportunities costing up to £500. Many of these packages give you access to the extensive online and paper based marketing materials we use to promote the Fun Run to the population of Sawston and the surrounding areas.

Our marketing partner, Red Graphic coordinates these packages and ensures that your brand will receive considerable exposure in return for your kind support.

If you would like to get involved this year, please contact:

Lorraine on 01223 837799 / [email protected]
Hugh on 07484 827441 / [email protected]

Further information:

Media enquiries: Murad Azam ([email protected])
Event enquiries: Gerry Holloway ([email protected])

PLEASE SUPPORT SAWSTON’S FLAGSHIP EVENT by DONATING NOW and thereby adding to the £520,852 the event has already generated over the years.The Cambridge Sawston Rotary Trust
Charity Number: 1051512

Rotary is one of the world’s largest and most successful global membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.4 million members in over 200 countries. The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston has close affiliation with the Sawston Fun run, and uses its time, talents, professional skills and energy to improve the lives of people in our local community.As a member of The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston, you can enjoy the benefits of business networking, personal development, meeting new friends, hearing inspiring speakers, having a great deal of fun and experiencing that special sense of fulfilment that comes from achieving something really worthwhile.