More fun on the run

The annual Waipā Fun Run organised by Cambridge’s St Peter’s Catholic School is attracting a growing number of out-of-region participants.

This year’s family fun walk and run event, which has Cambridge News as one of its gold sponsors, takes place from 9am at the town’s Victoria Square on Sunday March 3.

Hautapu School runners in the Year 5 and 6 event during the warm up, from left: Flynn Jones (246,) Cruden Cummings (100), Archie Dean (101), Mitchell Harrison (105) and Tennyson Brook (104).

Among those already registered are runners from as far afield as Gisborne, Thames and Te Kauwhata, and hopes are high that the overall number of participants will crack last year’s 647.

With the exception of a Covid hiatus in 2022, the event has been run since 2012 and is well-supported by both the school and business community.

What’s new in 2024 is the announcement of a new naming rights sponsor.   Independent Traffic Control has taken over from Lugtons as the event’s key sponsor.  Lugtons has left Cambridge.

More-re is the new 10km race sponsor, and Evans Doyle Accountants the new 2km Schools Challenge sponsor.  Cambridge Vets have remained the 5km sponsor, and Cambridge Steel Fabricators stays as the 5km Teams Challenge sponsor – the latter is normally something of a dress-up affair.

See: Fun runners flock back.

Colin Johnston (33) of Cambridge Middle School just edges ahead of Henry Eisenbarth (244) from St Peter’s Catholic School but both crossed the line in 6:46 to come first and second in the Year 7 and 8 2km race.

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