Sunday 17th May was due to have been the day we held our third SuperSensory1K at Histon Rec. Sadly, we had to cancel it when the country entered lockdown.

But that it is a very small price to pay: we at Power2Inspire take this opportunity to extend our condolences to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones in these tragic times; and to salute the efforts of medical staff, care workers and others on the front line, who have been so generous with their time and humanity. Thank you!

So rather than dwell on the sadness of yet another event having been cancelled, we are going to celebrate the excitement, joy and fun of the SS1Ks we have held – in 2018 and 2019!

Such is the importance of the SS1K fixture for Power2Inspire, it is difficult to credit that the first one took place only two years ago on a marvellously sunny and warm, perfect May Bank Holiday Monday.  The idea was developed by our then operating officer Sally Gibson, who had been approached by the Friends of Histon Recreation Ground to see if we could include an inclusive section in their running festival. They had a course, a lovely roped-off loop around the rec, runners competing from 1k to 5k and a desire to make their event open to all.

We added the sensory stations: five gazebos along the route, one for each of the senses – smell, sight, touch, hearing and taste. After begging and borrowing the gazebos, tables, and chairs and recruiting Burwash Manor and Burwash Larder to help stock the smells, touch and best of all, taste stalls, we encouraged volunteers to man them. Sign up was slow, but we needn’t have worried: 132 participants took part, over 50 of them in wheelchairs. The sun shone, children ran and laughed, looked intrigued and scared – what is it? A strawberry, really!  But above all everyone had fun.

We were determined to improve for year two, as we were welcomed back by the Friends in 2019. We acquired gazebos and secured a main sponsor in Irwin Mitchell, whose name was emblazoned on our smart purple T-shirts, given to all that took part. Other sponsors came on board, supporting and in the case of Watermill and PEM running a stall. And Rompa brought their amazing sensory van, showcasing all the marvellous stimulating products they sell – real entertainment as we waited for the start.

The cold – it was the coldest May Bank Holiday Monday on record – and forecast rain, though that stayed away, reduced participation but over 68 took part the fun was in no way diminished. One family declared this was the first event that they had ever been able to enjoy together as family, as their son ran round the course and then encouraged his sister as she walked round.  Big smiles!

As soon as this year’s event was cancelled we turned our attention to next year.  We already have a date: Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May.  So please add it to your diaries now and follow our announcements as we endeavour to make the third SS1K the best yet!

Fundraising has started with a fabulous £200 gift (£250 with gift aid) from an anonymous donor – whom we take this opportunity to salute and thank!  If you would like to make a donation please click on the nice shiny button!