We were over the moon when the University of Cambridge gifted us 50 running places as part of their partnership with the Saucony Cambridge half marathon.
On Sunday 8th March, an amazing team of 50 put on their trainers and courageously ran the 13 mile course. This year, for the first time the course took runners through two iconic colleges of the University of Cambridge – King’s College and Jesus College. The stunning route also showcased the best of Cambridge, taking in beautiful sites including the Round Church and the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Zoe Doherty, Fundraiser for CPSL Mind said, “We have simply been overwhelmed with how brilliantly our runners did. Many were running a half marathon for the first time. They all trained so hard and to raise so much money for us is simply fantastic. Collectively they have raised over £23,000 and money is still coming in! A massive thank you to everyone who took part and to the University of Cambridge for making this possible.”
Ella Noyes, CPSL Mind runner said, “As someone who has suffered from mental health issues in the past, it seemed the right thing to raise money for such an amazing charity. I feel that the whole training programme and running in general is extremely essential for distracting ones self from negative thoughts. Training for the half marathon was the best thing I have ever done for my mental health. The day itself was amazing; the sun was out, the support was there and quite honestly it felt like a dream that I could achieve such a milestone for myself, along with many others doing the exact same.”
Catherine Linford, CPSL Mind runner commented, “I chose to run in aid of CPSL Mind because mental health is something that effects everyone. As a single mum of 2 young boys, I’ve had my fair share of good and bad days, but for me running is what helps me to feel ‘sane’ when things get tough. Others need this charity to help them hold it all together, so what better way to raise money for such a good charity but to also be boosting my own mental health in the process”.
Nick Brooking, University of Cambridge Director of Sport said “I’m delighted that we have been able to facilitate an exciting partnership between what has become a significant event within the city, and two of the major Colleges along the route. Creating this partnership has enabled us to support two charities in raising funds to provide mental health support, particularly for young people, benefiting not only the University, but the local community also. This is significant given the huge benefits that physical activity has been proven to have on mental health and wellbeing.”