RUNNERS taking part in this year’s Hereward Relay from Peterborough to Ely will find themselves on the right track thanks to Cambridgeshire County Council’s Countryside and Access Team.
The race organisers, March Athletics Club, contacted the county council team to help make improvements to part of the route and the work has now been completed in good time before the starting gun on Sunday (Nov 27).
Work consisted of widening a narrow section of the Hereward Way long distance path by moving a section of ditch in March and improving a crossing point under the Isle of Ely Way bridge over the River Nene in March.
As part of the crossing work new steps were constructed down the river bank at either side of the bridge and walkway railings installed under the bridge deck. The work allows the runners to cross the river in March without needing to brave the traffic on the busy A141.
County Council Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure, Councillor Steve Criswell, said: “We are committed to helping open up the Cambridgeshire Countryside for as many users as possible and we are delighted that we have been able to help make such a prestigious event as the Hereward Relay an even bigger success. With the Olympics coming up next year I’m sure this race will attract even more interest than usual.”
The improvement work was funded through the Green Fen Way project using money made available by the European Union to support economic development in the Fens. The footpath widening was made possible by local landowner Roger Manchett who gave up a strip of his land to accommodate the improvement work.