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Hills Road Fun Run in Aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

26 Apr 2018
Students and staff were out enjoying the sunny weather as they took part in the 11th annual HR3/5km fun run during the afternoon of Wednesday 25th April! To date, this event has raised over £90,000 for local charities!

This year, former Hills Road student Ben Szreter CEO of Cambridge United Community, professional footballers Liam O’Neil and Barry Corr and, Rosalie Tribe, from event sponsors ARM, started the Fun Run from the College Quad. When Ben was a Hills Road student he remembers taking part in the Fun Run!

Around 400 participants could be seen running, walking, hopping and skipping the 3 or 5 kilometre route along Hills Road, down Luard Road to the College’s sports ground continuing along Sedley Taylor Road, out on to Long Road, along Hobson’s Brook footpath, up Brooklands Avenue, back onto Hills Road.

In addition, staff and student cyclists left the College for a 45km cycle ride passing through the Shelfords, Newton, Fowlmere, Ickleton, Duxford and Whittlesford, returning to the College.

Ayden Duffy, PE teacher at Hills Road and one of the organisers said, “Hills Road students helped organise this year’s fun run as part of their Extended Project Qualification.”

“They had the opportunity to develop their public speaking, organisational, communication and publicity skills.”

“We are hoping to raise in excess of £5,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.”

Once again, ARM have sponsored this year’s event. Their generosity has enabled the College to purchase t-shirts, for all participants.

There was also a ‘festival’ type atmosphere at the end of the fun run, back in the College’s quad, with live music and street food for everyone to enjoy!

Judith Anderson, Teenage Cancer Trust Regional Fundraiser, said: ‘The incredible support of Hills Road Sixth Form College, undertaking challenges like the 5km fun run, is invaluable. Without vital fundraising Teenage Cancer Trust wouldn’t be able to provide the specialised nursing and emotional support that young people with cancer aged 13-24 so desperately need.

But right now, the charity doesn’t have enough nurses and can only support half of young people with cancer. The help of supporters through challenges like this, are crucial to fund more Teenage Cancer Trust nurses.

Our thanks go to Dobbies Garden Centres and Del Monte for supplying refreshments for all the participants, free of charge. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Hill Road Sixth Form College!”