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15 February 2019

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The Ethos Community Heroes of the day for the U’s Sky Bet League Two match against Tranmere Rovers are Tracy Hutchison and Paul Beastall for their work in setting up parkrun locally in Cambridge.

In partnership with Cambridge United's Official Match Ball and Website sponsors Ethos, each match day this season will see an individual rewarded for their contribution to sport in the community as the Hero of the Day.

As well as featuring in the match day programme and on the Club's online channels, the Ethos Community Hero of the Day will also be given the opportunity to present the official match ball to the referee ahead of kick off.

Tomorrow’s Ethos Community Heroes, for their commitment in bringing parkrun to Cambridge are Tracy Hutchison and Paul Beastall.

Here's a Q & A with Tracy to explain more about parkrun:

What is park run?

Parkrun are a series of free, timed 5 km runs held every Saturday at 9am. There are also dedicated children's runs of 2 km on a Sunday in some locations. Each week you run your time is recorded so you can track your progress in terms of how many and as how speedily (or not) you have done each run. It is organised by volunteers with most people helping out a few times a year and running on the other weeks. Every week we have a tail walker so you will never be last.

Where does it take place?

The closest parkrun is held on Coldham's Common, and there are also events at Milton Country Park, Wimpole Estate, Hinchingbrooke Country Park, as well as several others in the county and over 500 throughout the UK, there are also parkruns in many other countries

How did you both come about getting involved in parkrun?

We started parkrun for different reasons, Paul started as part of a programme to become more healthy, I started by taking my son and then realised that I didn't need to be a 'runner' to take part. It was the most inclusive sport or exercise I had ever seen.

A full interview will be available to read in tomorrow’s match day programme.

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