On Saturday 12th April, Huntingdon & District Branch’s Hon. Treasurer, S/M Pete Aston, ran the Cambourne 10Km Race as part of the Cambridgeshire Festival of Running 2015. Pete only started running in January and was a ‘self confessed non-runner’ but started on the NHS ‘Couch to 5K‘ running program. S/M Pete Aston was running as a personal challenge, but also used the opportunity to promote the RNA at the same time.
The race started at 11 am on a sunny, but very windy spring morning. S/M Clare Aston, Huntingdon & District Branch Welfare Officer, and their two girls, Maisie and Hollie, turned up for support. Once Pete had taken up his position in his expected finishing time area the race got underway. It soon became apparent to Pete that Cambridgeshire is not the barren flat featureless land it is portrayed as — at the 2K mark a hill was encountered that caught many people out. By the time the 5 Km point was passed, Pete said he had to double check that he hadn’t signed up for the Lake District 10K!
After just over an hour, Pete entered the final straight, the race announcer called out his name and also gave a mention to the Royal Naval Association — to which the crowd gave out a massive cheer.
All runners received their well-earned race medal.
There wasn’t any sponsorship, or collection, for this race (however, the race fees went to Jimmy’s Night Shelter, Cambridge), it was a personal challenge for Pete, but also a great way to spread the word of the Royal Naval Association. BZ shipmate, a great achievement, keep up the good work.