Promoting active lifestyles at Northstowe
Having been postponed in 2020, this year will see the first full Northstowe Festival of Running take place – with a route that passes through our new House by Urban Splash neighbourhood at Inholm. Here, race director and founder Marcin Lis talks about his passion for running and for instilling an active, healthy lifestyle among Northstowe residents.
The Northstowe Festival of Running was born out of a passion for running, and for community. We exist to help raise funds for our new town, whilst helping local people stay fit and healthy.
Our timing wasn’t great; we first launched back in 2020, but with the autumn lockdown we were sadly unable to welcome runners onto the start line in person.
We were undeterred though and I took to the streets safely on my own to run an ultra-marathon over 10 hours. It was wonderful to see the community come together as best they could under the restrictions; a group of wonderful volunteers sold freshly baked cakes on the green, prepared by our lovely neighbours, parents and teachers.
The result was more than £1,000 raised for the Pathfinder CofE Primary School at Northstowe, money used to create new playground markings.