brainstrust bass belle 10km

New portfolio event from brainstrust. Part of the ‘Take on 10 for brain tumours’ series which also includes the brainstrust Bass Belle 10 miler.

This is a fast, chip-timed, ‘pancake’ flat and definitely PB potential race which takes in the picturesque South Cambridgeshire villages of Bassingbourn and Litlington. The race is open to social and club runners. Runners must be at least 15 years old to take part with no upper age limit. The course consists of 7.5km on road and 2.5km off road along a grass track. Part of the course is on private land, so entering the event is your only way of completing the race!

With only 350places, the brainstrust Bass Belle 10km is an intimate race meaning runners can get off the start line quickly, and straight into their pacing without feeling bunched up by crowds. Another great plus for those after a PB!

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All proceeds from the brainstrust Bass Belle 10km help to fund brainstrust’s vital services, which support people diagnosed with a brain tumour and their loved ones. When you run in the  brainstrust Bass Belle 10km, not only are you competing in a fantastic local event, you are also helping to ensure that people diagnosed with a brain tumour have the support they need to live their best life possible. This year there are two ways you can enter the brainstrust Bass Belle 10 km:

Paid entry: all proceeds raised from ticket sales go to brainstrust, these vital funds will help us continue to offer our services to people affected by a brain tumour.

Free fundraiser entry: get free entry to the race by agreeing to fundraise for brainstrust. Please note that if your fundraising target isn’t met you will be required to pay an entry fee on the day.


About the brainstrust Bass Belle 10km

This is a chip-timed event with all runners receiving their race pack by post prior to the event. Finishers will receive a bespoke medal, water will be available along with other goodies. Plus there’s a cake stall and hot food stall at the finish line for hungry spectators and runners alike. For those with their eyes on the prize, there are category winner trophies up for grabs and, new for this year, category winner trophies for the under 18 age category and  a trophy for the highest fundraiser!

Supporting brainstrust

All proceeds from the brainstrust Bass Belle 10km go help fund brainstrust vital services supporting people diagnosed with a brain tumour and their loved ones.

Every day, 30 people in the UK hear the words ‘you have a brain tumour’. For these people life changes in an instant as they now face the prospect of a debilitating disease with treatment options that are complex and harmful. Too many of them face the road ahead feeling alone, scared, out of control and without the support they need.

This is where brainstrust helps. brainstrust puts people with a brain tumour and their loved ones first so that they can reach their potential and thrive. brainstrust provides support and resources that help people with a brain tumour and their loved ones live the life they want after diagnosis. Find out more about the impact of our work here.

Coaching testimonial
Bass belle 10km

Race history

In 2014, Ash Hawkins set up Fit4thechallenge to support charities after knee surgery left him unable to run as much as before. Running events had been Ash’s primary way of fundraising, so organising races seemed like the natural next step. In 2023 Fit4thechallenge stopped operating, and Ash joined the brainstrust team as Fundraising events manager bringing with him his fantastic Fit4thechallenge event. 2024 starts a new chapter for both Ash and brainstrust with the launch of a new event.  Welcome to the brainstrust Bass Belle 10km fellow runners!

The charity choice for me was an easy one. My dad died from a brain tumour just before Christmas in 2013 after a 3-year battle. During his treatment and recovery, we as a family felt very isolated and uninformed about my dad’s condition and the support that was available.  brainstrust provide this support and so I chose to support them so that other families wouldn’t feel as lost and isolated as we did.  Fit4thechallnege allowed me to raise awareness of the charity and raise funds for them.  – Ash Hawkins

The brainstrust Bass Belle 10km is open to runners of all abilities, so whether you are a club runner, social runner, looking to step up from Couch to 5km (C25K) or even new to running, you are all welcome on the start line on 23rd June.  Runners must be aged 15 and over to take part with no upper age limit. As with the brainstrust Bass Belle 10 miler we welcome runners with their dogs, with buggies and even with a guide! Runners are reminded that there is a time limit of 1h 45mins for completing the course.

As well as supporting brainstrust, the brainstrust Bass Belle 10km is also a community event. The race is here to enable local community groups to fundraise and finally to encourage more people to take up running for their health and wellbeing.

With thanks to our sponsors


The Brain Tumour Data Dashboard lets you explore up -to-date, population level data about the brain tumours diagnosed in England between 2013 and 2015. Using the drop down menus on the left you can select different groups of patients to view in the charts below. In these charts the number of patients for every 100 diagnoses is displayed as images of people. Patients have been grouped by date of diagnosis, type of tumour, age, gender, and region in England.

For each group of patients you can explore the different routes to diagnosis, the proportion of those who received chemotherapy or radiotherapy, as well as the survival of the patients within each group. For more information about what these metrics mean please see the glossary.

How to use

  1. Select the year of diagnosis using the drop down menu.
  2. Select your patient group of interest from the four drop down menus in the following order:
    1. Tumour group
    2. Age at diagnosis
    3. Region of England
    4. Gender of patient
  3. To view a second chart to compare different groups of patients, click the ‘compare’ button.The second chart will appear below the first chart.

*Note that the tool is best used on a laptop or tablet rather than a mobile phone*

Unavailable data

Some of the data in these charts is not available.There are two main reasons for this:

  1. How the data has been grouped

If you cannot select a patient group from the drop down menus, the data is unavailable because of how the data has been organised.

Public Health England has grouped the data like a branching tree. The bottom of the tree contains all the patients with brain tumours, and then each branch divides the data by a certain characteristics, like age, or location of tumour. But the data is divided in an order, starting with location of the tumour (endocrine or brain), then by age, region, and gender. Age is at the start because it makes a bigger difference to survival rates and treatment rates than gender or region. Sometimes, after the data has been split by type of tumour and age, there is not enough data to be split again. This is because to protect patient confidentiality groups cannot contain less than 100 patients. Because some groups cannot be split further, you cannot create ‘totals’ for everyone by region or gender. For example, you cannot see results for all ages by region, or all brain tumours by gender. If these totals were calculated and released, it might be possible to identify patients, which is why Public Health England cannot release this data.

  1. Statistical reasons and data availability

If you can select a patient group from the chart menus, but the chart does not display, the data is unavailable for one of several reasons:

  1. Data is not yet available for the selected year from Public Health England.
  2. Data is not available because the data quality is too poor to release this statistic.
  3. Data is not available as the statistic is not appropriate for this group.
  4. Data is not available because the standard error of the estimate was greater than 20% and so the estimate has been supressed.

Up to date brain tumour data

Brain tumour data may influence the decisions you make about your care. Data also helps you understand the bigger picture, or landscape, in which you find yourself.

Brain tumour data and statistics influence the focus, and work of organisations like brainstrust. The information helps us to understand the scale and impact of the problems we are setting out to solve.

This tool helps you understand the landscape in which you find yourself having been diagnosed with a brain tumour. This landscape can be particularly tricky to navigate as there are many different types of brain tumour, all of which have a different impact.

The information you see represents the most up-to-date, official, population level brain tumour data available for England. Over time we will be adding to the brain tumour data available and publishing reports, with recommendations, as a result of what we learn from this data.

The data behind this content has come from Public Health England’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) and is a direct result of the ‘Get Data Out’ project.

This project provides anonymised population level brain tumour data for public use in the form of standard output tables, accessible here:


The number or rate (per head of population) of new cases of a disease diagnosed in a given population during a specified time period (usually a calendar year). The crude rate is the total number of cases divided by the mid-year population, usually expressed per 100,000 population.


Malignant tumours which grow by invasion into surrounding tissues and have the ability to metastasise to distant sites


The number or rate (per head of population) of deaths in a given population during a specified time period (usually a calendar year). The crude rate is the total number of deaths divided by the mid-year population, usually expressed per 100,000 population.


Not cancerousNon-malignant tumours may grow larger but do not spread to other parts of the body.


The length of time from the date of diagnosis for a disease, such as cancer, that patients diagnosed with the disease are still alive. In a clinical trial, measuring the survival is one way to see how well a new treatment works. Also called ‘overall survival’ or ‘OS’.

Routes to Diagnosis

Under the ‘Routes to Diagnosis’ tab in the Brain Tumour Data Dashboard, you can explore the ways patients have been diagnosed with brain tumours. There are many ways, or routes, for cancers to be diagnosed in the NHS. A ‘route to diagnosis’ is the series of events between a patient and the healthcare system that leads to a diagnosis of cancer. The routes include:

  1. Two Week Wait

Patients are urgently referred by their GP for suspected cancer via the Two Week Wait system and are seen by a specialist within 2 weeks where they are diagnosed.

  1. GP referral

Diagnosis via a GP referral includes routine and urgent referrals where the patient was not referred under the Two Week Wait system.

  1. Emergency Presentation

Cancers can be diagnosed via emergency situations such as via A&E, emergency GP referral, emergency transfer or emergency admission.

  1. Outpatient

Outpatient cancer diagnoses include diagnoses via an elective route which started with an outpatient appointment that is either a self-referral or consultant to consultant referral. (It does not include those under the Two Week Wait referral system).

  1. Inpatient elective

Diagnosis via an inpatient elective route is where diagnosis occurs after the patient has been admitted into secondary care from a waiting list, or where the admission is booked or planned.

  1. Death Certificate Only

Diagnoses made by Death Certificate Only are made where there is no more information about the cancer diagnosis other than the cancer related death notifications. The date of diagnosis is the same as that of the date of death.

  1. Unknown

For some patients with a cancer diagnosis, there is no relevant data available to understand the route to diagnosis.


More information

If any of the statistical terms in this section of the brainstrust website are hard to understand, we recommend looking them up here:

Cancer Research UK’s Cancer Statistics Explained

If you are looking for help understanding terms relating specifically to brain tumours, and treatment, then the brainstrust glossary is available here: