Ash needs marshals to join the team for next month’s charity half marathon in Bassingbourn

Race organiser and charity supporter Ash Hawkins

Race organiser and charity supporter Ash Hawkins - Credit: Archant

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On your marks to get involved in a great community event – the Bassingbourn Brainstrust Half Marathon will be staged for a second time on Sunday, July 5.

Event organiser Ash Hawkins set up Fit4thechallenge with his wife Kirsty to run a number of events a year to help raise money and awareness for charity.

Ash said “I have completed many half marathons in the past, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

“But following double knee surgery, I am no longer able to run those distances, so I decided to set up events instead and do my bit for charity that way.

“The charity for the Bassingbourn Half Marathon is and always will be Brainstrust, a brain cancer charity.

“I lost my dad to a brain tumour in December 2013 after a three year battle with the illness.

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“Brainstrust receives very little funding support from central government so I know whatever I raise will help them.

“It is not just the funding, though – the event helps to raise the profile of the charity and awareness of the disease.”

So far 230 runners are signed up for the event and entry closes on Friday, June 26. If you are interested in taking part, visit the race website at

But if you are not a runner but would like to get involved in the event Ash would love to hear from you. He is still looking for volunteers to help as course marshals and race headquarter marshals. If interested please contact us before next Friday, June 12, and we’ll put you in touch.

You can find the centre Royston & District Volunteer Centre in the Royston Town Hall Annexe, Melbourn Street, Royston, SG8 7DA

Phone 01763 243020, email or visit the website at