Welcome to the Cogwheel Canter Running Festival 2023

We sincerely apologise for website problems in recent days and the delay in providing  the race times.  This  has been caused by a technical problem with the software we used. We have now published race times we managed to recover from our software.

Cogwheel Counselling is organising an end of year Running Festival for all ages, taking place at Girton Recreation Ground, CB3 0FH.

All proceeds will go to Cogwheel Counselling, supporting the charity’s mission to provide affordable mental health counselling for individuals of all ages in Cambridgeshire.

The first Cogwheel Canter Running Festival was held in 2019 on Jesus Green, Cambridge, and the second held at Girton in 2022.

Suitable for all age groups and with all runs off road, this is a perfect event to get all the family involved. Runners can choose from 5k and 10k races, a 2k fun run and a 200m toddler mini-run.

Book your place here.

There will also be registration available on the day for all runs from 9.45am.

The event is organised by the Cambridge-based charity Cogwheel Counselling, supported by local running club HI Runners.

Date: Sunday 31 December 2023, start 10.30am

Start location: Girton Recreation Ground, CB3 0FH

Run timings

10.30am – 200m Toddler Mini Sprint (under 5s only)

10.45am – Cogwheel 2k Canter (all ages, under 9s must be accompanied by an adult)

11.15am – Cogwheel 10k Stride (over 13s only)

11.20am – Cogwheel 5k Stride (all ages, under 10s must be accompanied by an adult)

Age groups

Trophies will be awarded to the first female and first male in each run, plus first places in the following age categories:

  • Cogwheel 2k Canter – male & female U11, U18, U40, O40
  • Cogwheel 5k Stride – male & female U11, U18, U40, O40
  • Cogwheel 10k Stride – male & female U18 U40, O40

Race entry fee

Cogwheel 10k Stride: £13 online, £15 on the day (all runners will receive a medal)

Cogwheel 5k Stride: £9 online, £11 on the day (all runners will receive a medal)

Cogwheel 2K Canter: £5 on the day (runners aged 12 & under will receive a medal)

200m Toddler Mini Sprint: £2.50, registration from 9.45am on the day (all entrants will receive a medal)

All online payments are made via Stripe, Google Pay and Apple Pay, These are the safest payment gateway, it allow for secure payment without compromise.

Registrations online closing date for Cogwheel 5k & 10k runs: Midnight, Thursday 28 December 2023. Runners will be advised of their runner number by midnight Friday 29 December 2023.


If you would like to obtain sponsorship for your participation in the Cogwheel Canter Running Festival, you can set up a fundraiser linked to the event on JustGiving. Do contact us if you need any help getting this set up.

Event cancellation

If the event is cancelled due to weather conditions refunds will not be made, but a 50% discount to entry will be provided to the 2024 Cogwheel 5k and 10k Canter runs.

Cogwheel Counselling is grateful to Girton Parish Council for the use of Girton Recreation Ground for the event. Thank you also to our sponsors:

Cambridge Half Marathon places

Cogwheel Counselling has some places available at the sold-out Cambridge Half Marathon, taking place 3rd March 2024. Places are offered for free, we just ask that runners commit to obtaining a minimum of £200 in sponsorship in return. Full details here.