Colne Engaine Fun Run

The Festival Committee organises a Fun Run every September, inviting runners on our 5mile, 10mile and 1 mile children’s routes around the village.

Our Fun Run is a country-lane-based starting from the village green at Colne Engaine. The course takes you on a figure of 8 for the 5 mile run and if you’re running 10 miles then you’ll do the same figure of 8 twice. The end of the run is a downhill dash, finishing with a sprint along Pebmarsh Road and back onto the village green to the sound of a roaring crowd! Finish up with a free bacon butty and cake.

The first Fun Run was held in 2015. Profits from the Fun Run all go towards running the Festival, which in turn raises funds for local good causes.

The Route:

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2019 Fun Run

Thank you to everyone who ran and also the volunteers who helped at this year’s event on Sunday 1st September. Thanks also to all of our sponsors for their support!






Click here to see 2019 Photos >

Click here for the full results listings from the 2019 5 mile and 10 mile runs>

5 mile run top three:

1st: Doug McGillivray, age 41
2nd: Gary Freear, age 45, Halstead Road Runners 
3rd: Oscar Graham-Pereira, age 13
1st : Julie Beasant, age 42, Virgin Active Runners Chelmsford 
2nd: Katie Gibson, age 49, Colchester Harriers AC 
3rd: Emily Moore, age 25

10 mile run top three:

1st: Peter Robinson, age 35, Springfield Striders
2nd: Conor Culham, age 20, Braintree & District AC
3rd: Steve Mason, age 32, Haverhill Running Club
1st : Stephanie Hughes, age 27
2nd: Sarah Woodward, age 35
3rd: Nic Edwards, age 47

Children’s 1 mile run top three:

1st: Finley Toner, age 10
2nd: James Bigg, age …
3rd: Acacia Hawkins, age 11


Fab stuff said by previous years runners (and no we didn’t pay them!)

 ‘Really well organised run, lovely route and friendly marshals and organisers. Will definitely run again and recommend – thank you all very much’

‘Thank you. A very enjoyable and well organised event. Look forward to it next year.’

‘Really enjoyed this run, it was a lovely route, really well organised and will definitely be signing up again next year.’

Well done organisers and volunteers, was a great run, tea, bacon butty, bling and a goody- definitely back next year’


The Festival takes place every two years at Colne Engaine Recreation Ground, 1 Station Rd, Near Colchester, Essex CO6 2ES