A guide to participating in our running event

The Course

The Bourn to Run course is a multi-terrain route around the picturesque Cambridgeshire village of Bourn. The route will include stretches of roads and country lanes as well as footpaths, wildlife reserves, meadows and even fields of sheep! Bourn is nestled in rolling countryside and some moderate hills form part of the route. Please note this course can be muddy or rocky depending on weather conditions so be prepared for uneven ground.

A map of the 10k race route is published one week before race day, and will also be on display in the Sports Pavilion at the Jubilee Recreation Ground. Please note that part of the course takes competitors over privately owned land where the landowners have granted us permission to run for this event only. Please do not attempt to run on the privately owned areas before or after this event.

A water station will be positioned at approximately the 6k mark on the 10k course. There will be no water station on the 3k run. All runners will receive a bottle of water, a banana and a medal at the finish line.

Please run on the left hand side of the road unless otherwise directed by the course marshals.

On the Day

Please note – this information is subject to change.

Registration opens at 8:30am and is located at the far end of the Bourn Jubilee Recreation Ground. Please allow plenty of time to pick up your race number and chip timing equipment. There will be toilets available near the entrance to the recreation ground. There will be an unmanned bag drop available.

If you are planning to park, you must arrive by 10:00am, when the road entering the car park will close.

Once registered, there will be a warm up at 10:20am for the 10k & 3k, led by Tara of Tara’s Fitness. The 10k race starts at 10:30am, followed by the 3k at 10:45am.

Refreshments will be available to runners and their supporters before, during and after the race, at the recreation ground. The Rural Coffee Project will be serving tea, coffee and homemade cakes, while our BBQ chefs will be grilling Knibbs Meat Safe burgers and sausages. There will also be activities for the whole family to enjoy, including an inflatable assault course and bouncy castle courtesy of Cambourne Castles, face painting and a children’s entertainer. A Yoga Tent provided by YATB will help you relax those tired muscles post run!

Parking: Manor Farm, 14 Alms Hill, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2SH
Parking is available at Manor Farm. Please follow all directions given by the marshals and car parking volunteers. You must arrive by 10:00am, when the road entering the car park will close. Cars will not be able to leave until 12:00pm (noon).

The Start: Jubilee Recreation Ground, off Alms Hill, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2SH
The start area for the 10k and 3k races is at the Jubilee Recreation Ground, across the road from Manor Farm.

Start times:
10k Race: Starts at 10:30am
3k Fun Run: Starts at 10:45am

Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to check in at registration and receive your chip timer and race number. Your number will need to be secured to your chest using the safety pins provided. For the first time this year, the 3k fun run will be chip timed for anyone who pre-registers. So if you want to know exactly how fast you got round or what position you came in the finishers line up then register prior to race day and you’ll be able to find out. Please note if you register on the day of the event, we cannot guarantee your run will be chip timed.

The Finish: Jubilee Recreation Ground, off Alms Hill, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2SH
The race finish is also at the Jubilee Recreation Ground. After crossing the finish line, please stay in finish order in the funnel so that your chip can be collected.

Bourn to Run race sponsors have kindly funded medals for all finishers. Everyone will also receive a banana and a bottle of water provided by Bourn Golf & Leisure.

Prize Categories – 3k
Fastest boy under 16
Fastest girl under 16
Fastest boy under 11
Fastest girl under 11
Fastest boy under 7
Fastest girl under 7

Fastest Bourn boy in Key Stage 1
Fastest Bourn girl in Key Stage 1
Fastest Bourn boy in Key Stage 2
Fastest Bourn girl in Key Stage 2

Prize Categories – 10k
Fastest male
Second place male
Third place male
Fastest female
Second place female
Third place female
Fastest male under 21
Fastest female under 21
Fastest male over 40
Fastest female over 40
Fastest male over 50
Fastest female over 50

After the Race
The presentation of prizes will take place at the recreation ground, near the tennis courts, between 11:45am and 12:00pm. Full results will be available on the Bourn to Run website as soon as possible after the event (our goal is Sunday evening).

This year there will once again be free post-race massage provided by Fit Again Sports Therapy. Competitors have commented that the massage helps alleviate stiffness, so don’t miss out on yours!

We hope that you will stay on at the Recreation Ground to enjoy refreshments and activities for the whole family:

• BBQ of burgers and sausages from Knibbs Meat Safe

• Tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes from The Rural Coffee Project

• Yoga Tent for post-run stretching, yoga and relaxation with our sponsor YATB

• Post-race massage by Fit Again Sports Therapy

• Inflatable assault course and bouncy castle courtesy of Cambourne Castles

• Face painting and children’s activities


Parts of the route will include crossing road junctions and we therefore strongly advise you NOT to wear mp3 players or headsets during the race, for the safety of yourself and others.

This is a multi-terrain event and all competitors enter it at their own risk. While medical assistance is provided for the duration of the event, no liability will be accepted by either Bourn Primary Academy, Bourn Sports Club, Bourn School Association or individual race organisers for any injury incurred by entering this race.

Part of the route includes public footpaths where owners may be walking their dogs. However, we ask you NOT to bring your dogs on this occasion, for the safety and comfort of all competitors.


Parking will be clearly marked, with marshals and car parking attendants to guide you. Please do not park on the roads in Bourn as they may form part of the course.

There is one parking area which will be manned by marshals. This will be located at Manor Farm, 14 Alms Hill, Bourn, CB23 2SH. Please try and enter the village of Bourn from the direction of the A428 and turn on to the Broadway (B1046), to minimise traffic in the centre of the village. As you come down the hill into the village of Bourn, the car park will be clearly marked on the left hand side. Please do not park on any roads in the village as these may form part of the race route. Cars will not be allowed to park at the Recreation Ground for the duration of the race as this is where the race Finish is located. The organisers are not liable for any damage to cars left in the car park so please ensure no valuables are left inside.

For the safety of all our competitors, no car will be allowed to leave the car park until 12:00 noon – the car park is adjacent to the 3k route and is only accessible via a single lane track. On leaving the car park there will be marshals to direct you out.

The road entering the car park will close at 10:00am, so please ensure your vehicle is in the car park by that time.

Dropping Off

Please use the drop-off zone at Lalbagh restaurant car park on Alms Hill. This is positioned on the right hand side near the car park just off the Broadway (B1046) leading into the village. Please note this is a restaurant and cars will not be allowed to park here. The area will not be marked.

Once you are parked / dropped off, please follow the signs to the registration tents at the Recreation Ground where you can collect your race number and chip for the 10k and 3k races if you have pre-registered, or complete a registration for the 3k run. Please note that if you have not pre-registered, your run may not be chip timed.


This is a charitable event staffed by volunteers and, while all effort will be made to record finish times, the committee take no responsibility for failure to record times accurately.

Please wear your race number on the front of your chest, outside all clothing layers to make it easier for your time to be noted.

All 10k and 3k times will be recorded by chip timing for anyone who has pre-registered. Failure to secure your chip in accordance with the instructions, or loss of your chip will mean your time is not recorded. All times will be uploaded to the website as soon as possible after the event. All recorded times are final and indisputable.

10k runners: Please watch our video on how to fit your chip to get an accurate race time!

If you have registered on the day and no chip timers are available, your 3k time will not be recorded. If an accurate race time is important to you, please bring your own watch to record your time.

Pictures and video footage will be used as a back-up to chip timing facilities and on the Bourn to Run website, advertising material and media write-ups. All competitors entering the event agree to their photograph being used for these purposes.