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 now available here, 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 approximately halfway through the 10K course, at The Vine Primary School. 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. 10K runners will also receive a reusable water bottle. Many thanks to our supporters for providing these!

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.

Parking and registration both open at 8:30am.

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 for the race. Cars will not be able to leave until 12:00pm (noon).

Registration, Start & Finish: Jubilee Recreation Ground, Alms Hill, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2SH
Registration tents are located at the Bourn Jubilee Recreation Ground, across the road from Manor Farm. Please allow plenty of time to pick up your race number and chip timer. Your number needs to be secured to your chest using the safety pins provided, and your chip timer attached to your shoe (scroll down for a video). There will be toilets available near the entrance to the recreation ground. There will also be an unmanned bag drop available.

Both the 10K and 3K races start and finish 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.

Start times:
Warm-up for both races: 10:20am (led by Tara of Tara’s Fitness)
10K Race: 10:30am
3K Fun Run: 10:45am

If you are registering for the 3K on the day of the event, please arrive early! We cannot guarantee your run will be chip timed.

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

Refreshments and activities will be available for runners and their supporters to enjoy before, during and after the race, at the recreation ground:

  • 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!
  • Yoga Tent for post-run stretching, yoga and relaxation from Yoga at the Barn
  • Tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes from The Rural Coffee Project
  • BBQ chefs grilling bacon, burgers and sausages from Knibbs Meat Safe
  • Bouncy castle fun courtesy of Cambourne Castles
  • Face painting, and of course the full rec playground to enjoy

After the Race
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. All 10K runners will receive a Bourn to Run reusable water bottle provided by Hill Development.

The presentation of prizes will take place near the tennis courts around 12:00pm (noon):

Prize Categories – 10K
1st Male & Female
2nd Male & Female
3rd Male & Female
Fastest Male & Female under 21
Fastest Male & Female over 40
Fastest Male & Female over 50

Prize Categories – 3K
Fastest Girl & Boy under 16
Fastest Girl & Boy under 11
Fastest Girl & Boy under 7

(Awarded at school:)
Fastest Bourn Girl & Boy in Key Stage 1
Fastest Bourn Girl & Boy in Key Stage 2

Full results will be available on the Bourn to Run website as soon as possible after the event (our goal is Sunday evening).

Safety

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

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 12:00pm (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.

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 dropped off, please follow the signs to the registration tents at the Recreation Ground.

Timing

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.

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.

Photography

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.