Kids run 5k

Following requests we have now opened the 5k run to Kids year 2, 3 and 4.  Responsible adults must must choose when entering if they wish to enter children in their KIDSrun, or the 5k Fun Run. If choosing the 5k you will pay the Junior rate and need to buy your t-shirt. They must accompany Year 2, 3 and 4 5k runners all the way around the course i.e. enter the run themselves.

We suggest they should only be entered for the 5k if they have already run 5k 

Year 1 KIDS are off

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Green is the colour for 2018

Rotating the colours for our Fun Run programme, t-shirts, flyers, lamp-posters etc, as is our wont here is this years newly designed poster

Why not copy and share with your friends and relatives around the globe

The new lime green tech t-shirts for adults are only £8.50, order your size when you enter this years Fun Run, and remember that all years 1-4 children entered for the KIDSruns receive a FREE cotton t-shirt. All t-shirts to be collected when runners collect your runners number on the day


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Happy New Year

Make your resolution now! Sign up for the Knowle 5k or 10k Fun Run today and get fit for 20 May

Visit for more details of this year’s 35th Fun Run and enter online

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36 hours until we go live!

Everything is in place and we are ready to take your entry for May’s Knowle 5k & 10k Fun Run. So make your New Year’s resolution, set your alarm and enter.

Cannot run why not offer to help us make another success of the 35th KFR 

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Lions Celebrate Magnificent 40th


Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club celebrated their 40th successful year in September when the club held its annual presentation evening at the Greswolde Hotel in Knowle.

Welcoming supporters and sponsors Past President Richard Buckley announced that the club had raised over £69,000 for charity over the past 12 months, primarily through its Knowle Fun Run, Festive Walk and Bike Ride. He thanked all the sponsors saying ‘It’s great for our club of only 20 volunteer Lions to celebrate such success again, but without the help from companies like yourselves our events would never realise so much for charity.’ He also emphasised how his Club needed new members if it is going to sustain this tremendous fundraising and community support in future years.

Chris KiddleMorris, the chair of the clubs community services committee, then illustrated some of the projects the club has embraced including Message in a Bottle, Great Spec Collect where over 1,000 pairs had been donated in just over a month for recycling in Ghana, Nigeria & Nepal, supporting the elderly with 3 coaches having recently returned from a day at Ludlow market, an afternoon tea party for 140 next month and youth travel bursaries.

He went on to introduce two winners of the club’s Youth Travel Bursaries. Amy Yeates from Henley in Arden gave a really interesting presentation on her 8 months spent in Malaysia working as a teaching assistant providing conversational English tutoring. Amy Fortnam had spent 14 weeks in the Cape Town area undertaking Social Justice research and proving advice to those living in the townships and prisons. Thanking them for their presentations Chris emphasised the life-changing effect on them

Organiser of last July’s Heart of England Bike Ride, Paul Wheatley, presented British Heart Foundation fundraising manager Donna Stokes with a cheque for £9,391 for their share of the £13,419 raised at the event. Donna said how grateful the BHF are to Knowle and Dorridge Lions for all the hard work they put in organising the event every year, and is looking forward to next July’s Ride from Packwood NT House.’

Chris KiddleMorris explained that the Club retained 30% of raised funds to be spent on locally determined causes. During the year his committee had spent over £18,000 on a variety of local and not so local projects as well as those for youth and elderly. These included donations to the local Fast Aid Group, 4th Knowle Sea Scouts, 1st Knowle Scouts, Northleigh House, MyAware, Chernobyl Children’s Project, Meningitis Now, Cake 4 Casualties and refurbishment of Knowle Knot Garden. A full list of organisations supported this year and how to nominate a local cause can be found at

Richard then presented cheques totalling £33,563, primarily from the Knowle Fun Run and Festive Walk to the 3 nominated charities for the clubs 40th year: Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, who in turn thanked the Lions for their tremendous achievements and the sponsors for their support.

Past President Richard Buckley with charity fundraisers and their cheques: Peter Woodward, Prostate Cancer UK; Lucy Watkins Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice; Sue Curry, Motor Neurone Disease; Donna Stokes, British Heart Foundation

For next year the club will retain half of funds raised to focus on local causes, and is nominating 2 charities as major beneficiaries the forthcoming Lions Festive Walk on Wednesday 27 December and Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 20 May 2018 – Headway Birmingham & Solihull and Breast Cancer Haven. Their fundraisers took the opportunity to tell everyone about why the monies to be raised will make such a difference to their charities.

 Anyone interested in joining the Lions should contact this year’s President Brian Burgess on 08458 335894 or visit for more details.


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Listers team F-PACED the rest

When Karl Sollis, Head of Business at the Listers Jaguar dealership in Shirley, offered to sponsor the KIDSruns this year we were delighted when he also promised to enter a team for the 5k Fun Run. No one expected that team to win the team event

This week a visit to their showroom by Fun Run organiser Lion Bob Thurtle allowed him to dream about owning the beautiful F-PACE and to meet Karl Sollis and Jack Brighton part of the four man Winning Team that generated £389.00 in sponsorship for their efforts in completing the Knowle Fun Run. Bob left their Shirley showroom with the money but no car.

Keep dreaming Bob !

Bob with Jack Brighton Sales Specialist (l) and Karl Sollis  Head Of Business (r). Other team runners James Walsh Regional Jaguar Business Manager & Sebastian Morgan-Giles Marketing Director not pictured

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Fun Run monies go from one good cause to another

We supported the Lily Mae Foundation with funds raised at the Lions Festive Walk and Knowle Fun Run in 2016. They decided to invest part of the funds raised to provide memory boxes to eight local hospitals including Heartlands and Good Hope.

Here Community Services Chair Lion Chris Kiddle-Morris attended a photoshoot at Heartlands Hospital.

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The continued success of our Fun Run depends upon new pairs of hands – YOURS

We need new organisers to JOIN OUR TEAM and help:

  • Produce and deliver the programme
  • Market the event
  • Liaise with our sponsors
  • Manage registration on the day
  • Refine our website
  • Manage the course including marshals on the day
  • Manage the playing fields including the start/finish and KIDSruns on the day
  • Keep track of our finances

To help please get in touch

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Lions Clubs support Fastaid

We are delighted to have provided a set of 23 new reflective all-weather jackets for Solihull’s dedicated Community First Responders – Fastaid

“With funds raised at the 2016 Knowle Fun Run Knowle and Dorridge Lions joined with Solihull Lions to provide FastAid with the latest BS Standard all-weather high visibility jackets to enable their volunteers to carry out their life saving work more safely with the best possible equipment,” says Chris Kiddle Morris, Chair of Knowle and Dorridge Lions Community Services Committee. “It is particularly pleasing when the Lions family can come together to support another organisation equally dedicated to supporting the local community”

K&D Community Services Chair Chris Kiddle Morris meets up with the Fast Aid Team at this May’s Knowle Fun Run

“Fastaid were on hand again providing Medical Cover for the 34th Knowle Fun Run on 21 May,” said Mark Atherton. “Runners and spectators on the school field had access to their first aid tent and in addition there were two response vehicles stationed around the course to provide aid should it be required. There were six responders available plus a further two who were on call with the ambulance service to provide a further level of response. Fastaid Community First Responders are extremely pleased to be associated with both Knowle & Dorridge and Solihull Lions clubs and as such were very grateful for their donation to purchase new reflective jackets for 23 members of Fastaid.

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After rain all week the 34th Knowle Fun Run was run in fine ideal running conditions last Sunday, when runners from all over the country decided whether to run 5k or 10k. With the extended course every runner could claim to record a personal best.

It’s great to see many local and previous winners back amongst the Provisional winners this year

Dame Caroline Spelman sent the runners on their way on the dot of midday encouraging all the runners as they passed the start line.  As Caroline said “Enjoy your Run today, you cannot all be winners but you are all helping the Lions raise over £35,000 for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease Association and other local Lions causes, so everyone’s a winner.”

Caroline chose the Tilehouse Trotters alias ‘the Vikings’ from Knowle as the Fancy Dress winner who really looked the part wheeling their ship, and later went on to award trophies and prizes to all the winners. Greg Hart the mastermind behind the Viking Ship who has been refining its construction each year for many years, assured us they would be invading again next year.  

“We were delighted to have nearly 1750 entries for this year’s Fun Run & KIDSruns”, said Fun Run lead Lion Bob Thurtle. “The Lions were grateful for the continued sponsorship from many companies who helped cover the costs of staging the event. We really appreciate how lucky we are to have the support of a long list of local companies, especially lead sponsor Hunters Estate Agents. This enables us to tell runners that every £ of entry fee, donation or sponsorship raised will go to our nominated charities. We hope to have raised over £35,000 when all the runners sponsorship has been received. As usual many runners raised funds for their own favourite charities and we shall never know how many thousands of pounds to add to that we receive, unless they tell us.”

The day started well when around 250 under 9 year olds took part in 4 KIDSruns wearing their complimentary royal blue Fun Run t-shirts were cheered around the Arden school fields all keen to pick up their Aldi chocolate bar and certificate of achievement. The KIDSrun winners all received trophies & gifts courtesy of KIDSrun sponsor Listers JLR

“It’s great to be part of a team organising such a popular and successful community event,” said organiser Bob. Anyone who may like to help the Lions with this or their other fundraising activities please get in touch now via

More photos and read the Solihull Observer

Please find your time and photo on the results and photo gallery 

Thank you Caroline

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