Oh, it was good to be back! After Covid-19 caused the cancellation of the 2020 Histon Running Festival and therefore our SuperSensory Inclusive Kilometre; and the postponement, twice, of the 2021 version, it was a great thrill to hold it on Sunday 26th September.

But what, you cry, is a SuperSensory Inclusive Kilometre? Our SS1K (for short) is a walk, run or wheel around the one-kilometre course created for the Histon Running Festival at the recreation ground, with the added attraction of five sensory stations pitched along the way. The five senses being smell, sight, touch, hearing and taste – we erected a gazebo for each and local companies sponsored and supported them.

About 150 metres after the start was the ‘Smell’ tent.  Sponsored by Bidwells and manned by Jeremy Proctor of Bidwells and ably supported by volunteers Chandrasekar Rathinam, and Olivia Shears, there was great entertainment as the younger participants in particular, screwed their faces up when faced by some wonderful farmyard smells supplied by Burwash Manor!  I think silage and vinegar competed for worst smell of the day, though there was fresh wild mint and a bath bomb to make people smile.

Next up was the ‘Sight’ tent, sponsored by Cambridge Regional College.  The bubble machine proved ever popular, even inspiring the 5K runners re-entering the recreation ground nearing their finish.

Cambridge Lakes Golf Course hosted the ‘Touch’ tent and brought a new perspective to the concept, with impromptu games of golf and mini hockey!  With balls, wood, clubs, cloth, and some targets fashioned to look like Simpson characters, there was plenty to entertain.  Thanks to Bob Barnes, a wonderful supporter of Power2Inspire, and to his merry helpers, Ben and Johnny.

The ‘Hearing’ tent was transformed by volunteers Bev and Georgia into the party tent.  Sponsored by One Broker, the charity’s insurance brokers, who fight to get us some good deals, it proved popular with old and young alike.

We put ‘Taste’ last to encourage participants towards the finish. Sponsored by the local accountants, PEM, and crewed by the Ong family, it is of course many participants’ favourite tent.  Leila Ong reported that much to her surprise, the small pieces of lemon proved to be one of the most popular tastes!  There’s no accounting for….Taste!

Despite the weather – the sun only appeared after we had finished and it was cool first thing – that we had had to hold it on a Sunday not a Bank Holiday Monday, and the fuel shortages, all of which put attendees off, we still had 36 participants.  There was a real range of abilities, to those that had run before, to those older, younger and in between, and to disabled children and their siblings: a truly inclusive mix!

Thanks to HiF (the Friends of the Histon and Impington Rec) for including us again and to therefore making their Festival properly inclusive. Thank you too to the other volunteers – Thea, Anna, Mick (the wonderful photos are his), Steve and Gemma.  Volunteers make these things happen so we all salute you!

Most importantly we will back – mark your diaries for Monday, yes we are back to the Bank Holiday Monday – 2nd May 2022.  And thanks to our sponsors, we are very hopeful it will be free again!

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John Willis

CEO & Founder, Power2Inspire