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Cambridge City Council have recently released a public consultation on a proposed new Parkrun on Coldham’s Common giving local residents, runners and other interested parties the chance to comment on the proposal.

Parkrun is a free 5km timed run that takes place on Saturday mornings at 9am every week at over 500 locations around the country. Currently, there are two Parkrun venues near Cambridge – one at Milton Country Park and one at Wimpole Hall – and because of their increasing popularity the race is on to find another suitable location, preferably near the centre of Cambridge. Coldham’s Common has therefore been identified as a potential site.

Cambridge United Community Trust are particularly excited by this proposal, as Coldham’s Common is on the doorstep of the Abbey Stadium.

Simon Wall, Cambridge United Community Trust’s Community Liaison Officer and member of the core team trying to bring Parkrun to Coldham’s Common, explained: “A Parkrun in the heart of the Abbey Ward will make such a difference. It won’t just give local people the opportunity to get fit on their doorstep, but will also open up the chance for them to volunteer and become part of a fantastic, friendly community.”

Matt Walker, Cambridge United’s Head of Performance, is a passionate supporter of Parkrun and added: “I love Parkrun. As a former PE teacher one of the biggest challenges is getting lifelong physically active young people and breaking down beliefs that exercise, activity and sport are all the same thing. The beauty of Parkrun… that it is all inclusive from top runner to novice, young to old, in great shape to wanting to start being active. You can compete against others if you want, compete against yourself if you want or simply be externally motivated by a regular commitment to turn up and move once a week. The physical and mental health benefits are enormous, I have seen people I know transformed by Parkrun and my own children get the bug of wanting to go every week. The sense of welcome, community and non-judgemental outlook is fantastic. The more of these in local communities the better.”

Cambridge United and Coldham’s Common have a longstanding connection. The Stadium Manager and Head Groundsman, Ian Darler, recalled: “…the players here at the stadium in the late 70s and early 1980s used the common on a regular basis for their stamina work. It was known as the common run by the players and used to take them around thirteen minutes to complete.”

The consultation ends on Saturday, 2nd June. To contribute to the survey please follow the link: or you can request a hard copy from the Customer Service Centre at Mandela House, Regent Street.

Proposed route for Coldham’s Common Parkrun

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