Annual charity walk through the heart of Cambridge nears
Sunday 15 September 2013
Thousands of people are expected to take part in a scenic charity event next month which takes in Cambridge’s historic college and university grounds.
The Bridge the Gap walk, organised by the news, is a wheelchair-friendly, pushchair-friendly and family-friendly event and this year takes place on Sunday 15 September.
Last year around 2,700 walkers of all ages strolled through the city to complete the five-mile route, many of them participating as families and community groups, as well as corporate teams.
Since it began 11 years ago the walk has raised £490,000 for local charities, and for the 2013 event the two chosen beneficiaries are Arthur Rank Hospice, and Press Relief, the News community fund.
Penny Potter, who helps to organise Bridge the Gap, said: “We’re now in our 12th year and the signs are good that it will be another very successful event, and that lots of money will be raised.
“We’re indebted to our sponsors – The Cambridge Building Society, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Assessment and the TTP Group – because their help means that every penny paid in registration money goes straight to charity. Our costs to run the event are covered by the generosity of our sponsors.
“We also know that people taking part in the walk will do their utmost to get as much personal sponsorship as possible, and we have a whole range of prizes for those who raise the most, donated by our supporters, who include Scudamores, Ten Pin, Quy Mill Hotel and the Rotary Club of Cambridge.”
The 2013 route, which starts and finishes at Jesus Green, features Magdalene, St John’s, Clare, King’s, St Catharine’s, Pembroke, Downing, Emmanuel, and Jesus Colleges, as well as the Polar Museum, which will open its doors especially for the day.
There will be registered guides from the Society of Cambridge Tourist Guides on hand to talk about the history of the colleges and grounds, while Waterbeach Brass will be playing new and old favourites at Emmanuel College.
A lively atmosphere and tea tent at Jesus Green will then greet participants as they cross the finish line.
The walk is the final part of Open Cambridge, a weekend of 56 activities organised by the university which give people the chance to explore some of the city’s best kept secrets.
One change walkers will notice this year is a colourful one. Since the start of Bridge the Gap, walkers have carried thousands of balloons, to map out their progress, but this year, they will instead be holding lightweight, brightly-coloured drawstring rucksacks.
The reason for the change is a growing shortage of the gas used to fill the balloons, helium, which is also used for medical purposes. Bridge the Gap organisers have taken the decision that there are more important uses for helium – and have decided on environmental grounds to have bags instead of balloons.
Registration is now open for the Bridge the Gap walk, with start time options of: 9.30am, 10am and 10.30am.
For more information, and to register online, visit www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Bridge-the-Gap.