Shelford Fun Run 2023 raises £5,000

… and was a sell out!

2023 has been our biggest (and hottest!) Shelford Fun Run to date, raising an amazing £5,000 for our two charities!

Twins Matthew and Issac making it a blistering 1st and 2nd home in 15:27.6 and 15.28.7!

Click HERE for the full results table.

So many people commented on the wonderful atmosphere and we were delighted to hear that some kind residents put out sprinklers to help our hot runners cool off –  a lovely touch!

“…all done with great enthusiasm…all the volunteers did a wonderful job in setting up the [race] village and ensuring all the runners had a great experience. Very well done to everyone this morning.”   – Race Adjudicator

Have you spotted your finish line photo from our fabulous chip timing provider Sublime Timing:

New this year, the Super Sensory 1k by Power2Inspire went down really well and we are hoping to continue to make our event as inclusive as possible going forward!

Many thanks also to Cara Coffee for opening and donating all proceeds from that morning.   Funds raised from the day will be split equally between our two host charities: Great Shelford Playscape, for the mini skate park phase of the masterplan project, and CamRARE for their Unique Feet community group supporting families with a child with a rare condition.

We want to send a massive THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers who help set up and marshal the course and to our wonderful sponsors who cover the costs of putting on an official closed roads race ((scroll down to find out more about them) – we couldn’t do this without you all!


Returning as our GOLD sponsor, Bidwells are a leading property consultancy at the forefront of two of the most dynamic real estate markets in the UK: the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and the emerging field of Natural Capital.  Say hello to them at the 3k water station and collect your medal from their stand at the finish line!


Angli-EAR Hearing are an independent audiology clinic dedicated to delivering unparalleled service and support.  Spot their state of the art clinic near the start of the fun run route, just after you leave the recreation ground!

Wilson Partners are kindly sponsoring our event First Aid this year! They provide a suite of integrated, innovative and value-added accounting, tax and corporate finance solutions that empower businesses, investors and private clients to make better decisions.

Cuttsy+Cuttsy is a healthcare communications agency where people matter. They use clarity and conversation to bring healthcare to life by improving access and engagement across trials, treatments and beyond.  They are sponsoring our km markers this year, so look out for their logo as you pass!

Starting out life as Cambridge Miniworks in 2009, Cambridge Motorworks now have branches in Great Shelford and Wimpole. Specialising in sales and servicing of BMW Mini and VAG vehicles, but with the continuing ability to service all makes.


Costello Medical support the healthcare sector in the analysis, interpretation and communication of clinical and health economic data.

Gymbo’s is a dynamic and growing local company offering a range of services to cater for all aspects of health, fitness and wellbeing.  From personal training, small group training to nutritional workshops & seminars, we offer tailored services to clients from across Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Housed in the charmingly restored historic station house next to Shelford Station in Great Shelford, Zara has been serving the community with award winning, authentic Indian cuisine since 2007.

Sign Up for the 2023 Shelford Fun Run

We are delighted to announce that entry for Shelford Fun Run is NOW OPEN!

As usual we will not be taking on the day entries so please register in advance. The run is chip timed and has a staggered start to allow those participating in the 5k race to get away before the 5k fun runners.

New this year, our inclusive sporting friends at Power2Inspire will also be bringing a  Super Sensory 1km to the rec!  It will be a free optional separate circuit which you can complete instead of, or after, the 5k. To help us estimate numbers please tick the box in the 5k sign up if you wish to complete the SS1k, or if you wish take part in the SS1k only, please pop over and register directly with  Power2Inspire.

Photo of the start line and photo of the warm up from the 2022 shelford fun run

In training? Don’t forget to share your training pictures to inspire others on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtags #ShelfordSelfie and #ShelfordFunRun.

Changes to this years Charity Beneficiaries

This year, proceeds from the Fun Run will be spit equally between:

Supporting the completion of the #ShelfordWheelscape phase of the Great Shelford Recreation Ground masterplan.

Supporting their Unique Feet Community Group for children with rare conditions and their families in Cambridgshire and the Eastern region.


If you don’t fancy running but would like to get involved we’d love to hear from anyone able to volunteer on the day to help set up / marshal or clear down, please email

And of course we’d love to welcome spectators to cheer on our runners – there will be ice cream!


We would not be able to deliver this wonderful event without our amazing sponsors so show them some love!

Meet the sponsors HERE

We can’t wait to see you at the start line!

The Shelford Fun Run Team

Happy New Year!

We were delighted to raise £5000 at the 2022 Shelford Fun Run to go towards the Shelford Wheelscape project!

Photo of 2022 runners just setting off from the start line

We were rather blown away by sibling duo, George and Jasmine Christmas (numbers 92 & 93 pictured in the centre of the photo), who stormed home as first male and female, and at just 15 and 12 years old respectively – we were clearly witnessing the stars of the future! 

Full results for 2022 and previous years can be found on the Results page.

Make sure to save the date for this years 5k in your diary: Sunday 10th September 2023

New Partnership

For 2023 we are very excited to be partnering with Cambridge Rare Disease Network (CamRARE)!

CamRARE are a local charity supporting families affected by rare diseases and uniting patients, advocates and experts to address the challenges they face.

Not only will this spread the organisational load for our committees, but it will also raise funds and awareness for our joint goals of community building and inclusivity.

Shelford Fun Run 2022 Update

We join the nation in expressing our sadness at the loss of Her Majesty the Queen.

Unless government guidance is published to the contrary, we feel it is appropriate to carry on with our plans to come together as a community and will be going ahead with the #ShelfordFunRun on Sunday.

Great Shelford Parish Council have arranged a book of condolence to be located in Great Shelford Memorial Hall and further information about services and laying flowers in the parish is on their website.

Online Booking for 2022 is Now Open!

Online booking for this years Shelford Fun Run 5k is now OPEN!

10:30am Sunday 11th September 2022

Please note that we will not be taking on the day entries so it is essential to register in advance. Don’t delay as last year was a sellout!

Graphic image showing silhouettes of 3 people running with logo and text: 5k, 2022, #ShelfordFunRun

Now that our fabulous inclusive Playscape has been built (next to the start and finishing straight) this year the funds raised by the Shelford Fun Run will be going towards the next phase of the Playscape masterplan… the Shelford Wheelscape!

Photo of the fun run start line with text overlaid reading: Register Now: 11 Sept 2022

In training? Don’t forget to share your training pictures to inspire others on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtags #ShelfordSelfie and #ShelfordFunRun.

We couldn’t run this event without the generous support of our sponsors, and therefore huge thanks go to Bidwells,  AngliEar Hearing & Tinnitus SolutionsLevel Up Gym Shelford,   Wrenbridge Land, Wrenbridge Sport, Pills SortedGymbos,  Day Accountants and Zara

If you are able to volunteer on the day to help set up / marshal or clear down, please email

We can’t wait to see you at the start line!
The Shelford Fun Run Team

Shelford Fun Run 2021: The Results!

We were delighted to return with the Shelford Fun Run live event again this year, and were over the moon to have sold out our 350 places before the weekend!  Looking out of the window as I post this at the rain bucketing down, it seems we also had amazing luck with the weather!

As our route is a fast and flat certified 5k on closed roads, it appeals to a fabulous range of participants, from elite runners looking for a new personal best, to families with pre-schoolers and this year we had someone running on their 80th birthday!

Due to the chip timing we are able to have a staggered start, to give elite runners plenty of room to get off the mark, and this year to help enable greater distancing between participants.

The winners results were:

Darren Matthews  (Male Adult): 16:32.9

Charlie Minnette (Male u18): 18:23.0

Sally Knight (Female Adult): 21:01.8

Kate Russell (Female u18): 22:22.8

Sophie Christmas (Female u11): 23:40.3

Joseph Button (Male u11): 24:20.9

For the full list of RESULTS – CLICK HERE


A team of fabulous volunteers have worked hard all year to bring this wonderful event to life and we were joined by dozens more on the day to help set-up and marshal.  Thank you all for your support, it was an absolute joy to see the community out again giving it their all!

We also want to give a huge thank you to our fabulous sponsors including the marvellous Bidwells team who returned as our generous main sponsor and for providing volunteers on the day, and to AngliEarDavies Solicitors, David Reed Homes, Day AccountantsGymbos, Relief Chiropractic and Zara whose generous support means that all proceeds can go to Shelford Playscape!

It was great to be able to see the newly emerging Playscape alongside the start and finish funnel which previous fun run events have helped to finance.  This year the funds are going towards the next phase of the Great Shelford Playscape project – a new wheelscape (a hard landscaped skating/scooting area).  For more information about these and other projects around the rec head over to Shelford Playscape’s website.

Thanks also go to Waitrose for donating fruit and Tesco for donating the water, Noel Young Wines and Scotsdales Garden Centre for donating the winners prizes and to Cambridge City FC for providing marshals on the day as well as fielding Lily the Panda on the run!

And of course, not forgetting all the supporters, cheerers, coffee drinkers and ice cream eaters!

For more photos of the day, pop over to the event ALBUM our Facebook Page.

Hope to see you all again next year….. watch this space for details!

Meet the Team: Holly


With just 7 weeks to go, the Fun Run team and myself are busy getting ready for Sunday 26th September. We have had a fantastic number of entries so far for both the live event and the virtual race option.

Registration is in advance this year.

It is a good time to reflect on the success of Shelford Fun Run, with the fun run contributing more than £15,000 to the Playscape, that is now under construction, our fundraising efforts turn towards the Wheelscape phase of the Great Shelford Playscape masterplan. I, like many others, have been inspired by Team GB’s successes in Skateboarding and BMX in the Olympics. This space will be an excellent place to learn and hone these skills.

So how did I, a novice jogger end up as Race Director for Shelford Fun Run? Well after being on the Shelford Playscape committee since its inception, the opportunity arose for Shelford Playscape to take on the fun run as an annual fundraising event. My ambition to get everyone in the community active has resulted in me taking the lead of an awesome crew of volunteers and Marshalls (come and volunteer with us*, it’s great fun!), and with the support of other local run organisers and our UK Athletics adjudicator, this event has gone from strength to strength. Even a pandemic did not stop us from raising money last year! I love being part of the Shelford community and this is my chance to give something back.

Photo of a flat field with a blue sky above and hedgerow in the distance.
View from Jenny’s Path, Great Shelford

I started jogging a several years ago with a group of fellow Mums from the Shelfords, preparing for the 10k Race for Life. Since then, most of us have continued to run regularly with some entering their first Marathon this year.

As for me, I’ve opted to keep it around 5k, plugged in to my dance music playlist!

My favourite jog is from the centre of Great Shelford out and round the fields via Jenny’s path, see route here.  I love the views especially at this time of year. I am back on the Couch to 5k programme to get ready for my Virtual Fun Run, as I will be busy ensuring the live 5k event runs smoothly on race day.

If you would like to volunteer with me on race day, please email me at

Selfie head and shoulders photo of a white woman wearing a blue running t shirt and smiling at the camera. A tall hedge fills the background. I would love to see your training or virtual race selfies with the hashtags #ShelfordFunRun and #ShelfordSelfie, here’s one of mine for starters!

See you there!


Race Director

Registration for 2021 is now open!


We may not be able to accept on the day entries this year (it depends on social distancing guidelines at the time) so we strongly recommend registering in advance.

This year we are also going to continue the virtual race option for those unable to attend in person. You can register through the same link above. The virtual 5ks should be completed between 20th July and 20th September.

Photo at the Shelford fun run start line, with chip timing tent on the left and sports pavilion on the right. People chatting and stretching. Text: Register Now! 26 Sept 2021

The new inclusive playscape is now currently under construction (yippee!), so this year, funds raised by the #ShelfordFunRun will go towards the wheelscape (skating area) phase of the Shelford Playscape masterplan.

We could not run this event without the generous support of our fabulous sponsors, so a huge thanks go to: s Bidwells, Gymbos, Zara, David Reed Homes, Davies Solicitors, Day Accountants, Relief Chiropractic and AngliEar Hearing & Tinnitus Solutions

In training?

Don’t forget to share your training or virtual run pictures to inspire others on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtags #ShelfordSelfie and #ShelfordFunRun.

Not running?

If you are able to volunteer on the day to help set up / marshall or clear up we’d love to hear from you! Please email

We can’t wait to see you at the start line!

We’re on for 2021!

So it’s happening! We are on for Sunday 26th September 2021 for a live fun run (unless Covid decides to rain on our parade again). Note the change in usual weekend in order avoid a clash with other local events.

We’ve spotted a lot of runners locally through the lockdown. Perhaps you have been working on a couch to 5k programme or are looking to log a PB? Perhaps you are looking for an event to inspire you to get out and start run/walking. Whatever your experience level we would love to welcome you to this friendly local event.

Grid of 9 photos taken at the 2019 shelford fun run.

As in previous years roads will be closed and we will be offering chip timing and a staggered start to allow the speedier runners to get away quickly.

The committee are currently applying for road closure, race licence, insurance and first aid, online entry organisation and reading up on UK athletics guidance on running a Covid-safe event. Of course there will be prizes for local businesses and not just for the speediest runners. A success of last year was the #ShelfordSelfie on instagram and facebook and we want to bring it back this year with a prize for best fun run related selfie!

We are delighted that our sponsors Bidwells, Gymbos, Zara, David Reed Homes, Davies Solicitors, Day Accountants, Relief Chiropractic and AngliEar Hearing & Tinnitus Solutions are generously supporting us again so that more money can go into the Playscape pot.

Artists impression of a small skate park next to a landscaped playgroundThis year’s fun run will be raising money for the next phase of the Playscape vision – the Wheelscape, a low level hard landscaped area designed by skateboarding specialist, for both learners and the more experienced to practice their skills.

We hope that the community will get behind us for this event and enjoy coming together as a community in September.

Prices will be £15 for adults and £7 for under 18s (refunds/ deferrals available in the unlikely event we have to cancel).

For those who can’t make it on the day or are not ready to join a live event we will be holding a virtual fun run option concurrently as we did last year, so that you can run / walk 5k your way at a time and location that suits you (with a  reduced entry fee of £10 and £5).

As usual we are looking for Marshalls for the event (no previous experience necessary) and volunteers to help up with our social media presence to publicise the run and / or race set up on the day. Please let us know if you can help via

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Virtual Shelford Fun Run 2020: The Results

Thank you so much to everyone taking part in our event this year and congratulations to everyone who completed their virtual 5k!

Grid of 9 images: Including runners, a countryside view, a fitness tracker and a selfie close up. Text 'thank you' and 'shelford fun run 2020''. Brand logos for: Total Race Timing, Relief Chiropractic, Bibetta, NY Wines and Cambridge Fruit Co

It’s such a shame we couldn’t be together in the traditional sense (everyone in the same place at the same time, on the same day!), but it’s been fantastic to be able to hold the event in the virtual world and for our community still to be able to connect with each other!

Unfortunately, due to tightening restrictions on social gatherings, we have had to cancel the community event we had planned to hold, for people to collect their medals.  Instead we will be delivering and posting medals to you over the next few weeks.

Although we didn’t focus on winning times this year (due to everyone running their own routes) we do want to say huge congratulations to those who logged the fastest times:

Chris Smith (Male) – 00:19:35

Liz Carrothers (Female) – 00:23:25

Nate D (U18) – 00:24:28

Laurence M (U11) – 00:25:57

Photo: Head and shoulder close up of a young girl smiling at the cameraWe also want to give a particular shout out to Willow B, our #UniqueFeet competitor, who finds walking very difficult due to a rare genetic condition.   She took on the challenge to carry out the walk with her mum over a series of days to help encourage the family to get out and about after COVID shielding had paused.

This has been such a lovely benefit of the event having been virtual this year!

We’ve also had participants joining from far afield, and have had #ShelfordSelfie posts shared from Wales and Austria!

Perhaps something for us to think about, to make future events more incluisve?

You can find all the results on Total Race Timing’s website HERE!


We are delighted to announce the winners of…..

Best family #ShelfordSelfie is….. The Cornaby Family! 🎉

We loved that you all worked together and we were very excited to see you wore your fun run bibs and visited a ‘shelford selfie’ spot in the village!

You have won an amazing veg box from The Cambridge Fruit Company !  (We’ll send you an email to confirm and how to claim your prize)

We completed our 5k for the Shelford Fun Run today although ours was a 'fun walk' due to dodgy knees meaning neither of…

Posted by Beverley Anderson Cornaby on Sunday, 6 September 2020


Pot Luck Post Like & Comment is….. Collette Bentley!

We love carrot and hummus here too!  Tasty and healthy… win win!

We hope you love your Bibetta neoprene lunch bag as much as we do!

We want to give huge thanks to local businesses Cambridge Fruit Company and Bibetta for donating the amazing prizes, and to Noel Young Wines and Relief Chiropractic for their continued support and discount code offers for our ‘virtual goodie bags’ for participants! to give hugs

keep in touch

If you haven’t already, please do sign up to our mailing list and/or follow our social media pages to make sure you keep up to date with news and notifications about next years event!  Don’t worry we won’t be filling up your email inbox, we only send out a few messages to our mailing list to notify you of key things like the date of the next event and when registration opens.

See you next year!