The Window Centre step up sponsorship

A longstanding supporter of the Knowle Fun Run, the Window Centre, have stepped in to take over sponsorship of the suite of lamp-posters we use to alert residents of the event, especially the road closure notices, as well as the kilometer signs and water stations around the course on the day. They already sponsor the runners numbers.


Watch out for their  new distinctive purple and black logo on signs which will start appearing soon

“We are really grateful to Martin Lewis Marketing Director of the Window Centre in Marshall Lake Road, without his support the Fun Run would not be the success it is” says Adrian Harris, Fun Run co-ordinator


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Andy Street to run Knowle Fun Run

Entries are already flooding in for this year’s Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 19 May in aid of SoLO Life Opportunities, the UK Sepsis Trust and other local causes. Organisers Knowle and Dorridge Lions are hoping Solihull’s longest running Fun Run, now in its 36th consecutive year, will be even better than last year which attracted over 1800 entries and raised over £34,000 for charity

“We are delighted to welcome West Midlands Mayor Andy Street as this year’s special guest who will start the Kids Runs for the under 9s at 11am  and 10k and 5k runs at 12noon” says this year’s the event organiser Lion Adrian Harris. “Andy will then jump down from the starter’s rostrum and run the 5k 1 lap through the traffic-free streets of Knowle cheered on by residents who turn out to support all the runners, before returning to award prizes for all the winners.”

Last week Andy came along to Arden Academy in Knowle to meet the Lions organisers and the partner charity fundraisers and to familiarise himself with the course. Andy said “I was really surprised when the Lions invited me to start the Knowle Fun Run and to award the winners prizes. I had no hesitation in accepting especially when I read that the benefitting charities are The UK Sepsis Trust – who do so much to raise awareness of Sepsis and supporting those affected by it, and SoLO Life Opportunities – who do great work adding value to the lives of over 1000 children and adults with learning disabilities in Solihull. I asked the Lions if I could actually run the Fun Run as well as starting it, as I really want to enjoy the atmosphere generated by so many charity runners – and they have said ‘yes’, so I’m committed now.”

Andy will be the first Fun Run starter to run the race as well since Jasper in 2003. Runners should watch out for the Mayor wearing running number 1

As usual there will be prizes to be won for individuals in each category as well as teams of 4. There will also be a fancy dress prize for the most original outfit completing the course. Full details can be found and entry online via now

“We have some great opportunities for businesses to help us cover the costs of staging the event this year so that all entry fees will go to the partner charities and local causes. Please get in touch now,” said Adrian. “We would also like to hear from residents not running who make like to volunteer to help either as marshals on the day or other key roles.” Please contact Adrian on

Photo: Andy Street, Mayor for the West Midlands, Maria Brown from SoLO, Adrian Harris Fun Run organiser, Sam Hiskett from Sepsis Trust; 

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Light purple on dark purple

Yes those are the colours for this year’s Knowle Fun Run. Here it is, a sneak peak at this year’s t-shirt:

Like last year the 5k & 10k tech t-shirts will cost £8:50 as you enter

and as usual all Kids entered for the Kids runs will receive free cotton t-shirts

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Sponsorship & Donations

Now you are fully recovered from this year’s Fun Run we thought we should post a little reminder to get your sponsorship/donations collected and paid into the bank as per the sponsorship form by the end of this month. You may also make a donation on our MyDonate page

Alternatively, if you have raised funds for any other charity please let us know how you have got on.. This is particularly important to help us know how much the event raised for charity.

The Lions are already busy organising our next event – the Heart of England Bike Ride from Packwood House on Sunday 8 July. We should be delighted to see you again to cycle the 12, 18 or 50 mile routes. Enter online by 1 July for the discounted rates. To pre-empt the inevitable question – yes you may run the 12 mile route if you like a challenge. Please note the roads will be open to traffic – especially bikes !

Remember if you would like to help the Lions organise any of our events please get in touch today

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Press Release




After weeks of cold weather for training, organisers of last Sunday’s 35th Knowle Fun Run were delighted when warmer weather brought out the joggers and entry numbers shot up in the final weeks as runners from all over the country decided whether to run 5k or 10k.

It was the hottest Knowle Fun Run since 2006, when V.I.P. weather forecaster Shefali brought temperatures of 28C. The runners welcomed the many impromptu water stations around the 5k course and local residents showering them with sprays of water

The provisional winners were:

Individual winners

Category – 10k Race Number Name Time
1st overall/adult male 49 Amittai Ben_Israel 34:01
1st adult female 100 Lindsey Browning 35:43
1st junior boy 267 Henry Faizey 37:09
1st junior girl 784 Izzie Whiitick 50:26



Category – 5k Race Number Name Time
1st overall 1294 Alex Veroso 18:12
1st junior boy 1410 Jack O’Leary 19:02
1st adult female 1238 Pamela Grimwade 21:43
1st junior girl 1227 Grace Golinski 22:39
Team Results 4 runners home aggregate time  
Category – teams Team Name Time
Junior 5k Coppice B 2:28:34
Adult 5k Team Soot 1:19:55
Adult 10k Knowle & Dorridge Running Club – A 2:19:36

Solihull’s new Mayor Councillor Flo Nash sent the runners on their way on the dot of midday.  As she said “Enjoy your Run today, you cannot all be winners but you are all helping the Lions raise over £36,000 for Headway, Breast Cancer Haven and other local Lions causes, so everyone’s a winner.”

“This is the 35th Knowle Fun Run and it continues to be the biggest & most popular Fun Run in Solihull raising more for charity than all the others. This year our numbers have increased to nearly 1800 entries for our 5k & 10k Fun Run & 4 KIDSruns”, said Fun Run lead Lion Richard Buckley. “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. 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 £36,000 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.”

Overall 10k winner  Kenyan Amittai Ben_Isreal from Warwick said thanks very much, it was a great event. “It was my first KFR and I was amazed at the great crowd support! My coaching team, Emily & Jacob Moyes, were out on the course and told me I had built a strong lead but I went the wrong way at the final turn (presumably because the support from the crowds was so good that I wanted to do a third lap). This is classic behavior from myself and is probably down to my Kenyan ‘Hakuna matata’ upbringing. My training partner, local lad Zach Noland, was subsequently first to cross the finish but informed the officials of the mishap and my win was reinstated. Thanks to all those who came out to support and volunteer at what was a great event and to the support of my athletics club Straw Bear Striders.”

The day started well when around 250 under 9 year olds took part in 4 KIDSruns wearing their complimentary lime green 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 winners all received trophies & gifts courtesy of KIDSrun sponsor Listers Land Rover

2018 KIDSruns Winners
Year 1 Boy Elija
  Girl Freya
Year 2 Boy Nicholas
  Girl Emmie Spencer
Year 3 Boy Toby
  Girl Florence
Year 4 Boy Jacob Gregory
  Girl Ophelia

Jacob tells us that he won the Year 3 kids run last year, Year 2 the year before and Year 1 the year before that. Clearly a name to watch for the 5k next year.

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

“Our next fundraiser is the Heart of England Bike Ride on 8 July” 

Please see the full results and photo gallery 

If you have any great images, video or feedback of the day generally please email across 

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Good Luck

To all runners tomorrow

Depending upon how many Late Entries apply tomorrow at 0900 we could have the biggest entry for the Knowle Fun Run for several years

It’s going to be hot. Not as hot as 2006 when it reached 28C and was the hottest day of the year as Shefali told us. But hot enough you should make sure you bring a full water bottle with you, and don’t rely solely upon those provided by the Lions and the 4 water stations we have around the course.

If you are wearing Royal wedding Fancy Dress make sure you are at the stage for judging and photocall at 10:30.

We look forward to see you all warming up at 11:50, setting off for the 10k at 12:00 or 5k at 12:05 & welcoming you home. 

Have a great KFR and remember it is a fun run. Enjoy



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New Mayor is VIP

It’s all been very hush hush

We can now confirm it will be Solihull’s Mayor Councillor Flo Nash who has agreed to take on the key role of getting all the runners away on time on 20 May and to award the winners prizes.

“It gives me great pleasure to be able to help support  this year’s Knowle Fun Run.  This fantastic annual event has supported so many charities over the years whilst enabling Knowle and its community to come together in a spirit of fun and camaraderie.  I wish Knowle & Dorridge Lions all the best for organising this amazing day and I wish everyone taking part the very best of luck.” – Councillor Mrs Flo Nash, Mayor of Solihull for 2018/19

Perhaps her most difficult role will be selecting the 2 winners of the fancy dress competition – this year themed for the Royal Wedding.

Perhaps you know someone, maybe yourself, who would like to be invited to start the runs and award the prizes next year. Please get in touch now

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If you don’t run or are new to Knowle and wonder what all the fuss is about why not recover from the previous day’s Football &  Royal festivities, by coming along to Arden Academy to cheer on your friends or just enjoy the spectacle . The Kids Runs are from 11:00 till 11:15 and the  main runs start after the David Lloyd Warm Up at 11:50. Please turn out and line the route to cheer on the runners. The weather will be good enough for a BBQ, so if you live on the course why not invite all your friends and family along. We are already well on our way to our target of £35,000 for charity and we pass the £800,000 mark.

Whatever you do please please bring along your purse or wallet and make a donation for this year’s 2 worthy charity partners – Breast Cancer Haven & Headway – as we are holding half of the funds raised for the increasing number of requests we receive from local causes

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday

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Bottled water arrives

We can stop panicking now over 1,000 500ml sports bottles arrived at Arden Academy today.

We could not get a photo of the delivery as we were expecting the delivery Thursday at 4:00pm so with thanks to someone at the school who broke their own rules and allowed the delivery lorry on to the playground to deliver this morning without letting us know.

As well as these water bottles sponsored by Kitchen Gallery in Shirley, we have Vifit recovery gels and an array of fruit grain & groovy bars from Aldi.

“Would runners please note these are for use only after their run!” says organiser Richard Buckley. “We have 4 water stations around the route, the first being before the runners leave the school grounds, but we seriously ask all runners to bring their own bottle full of water. 

Thanks to all our sponsors , too many to mention, and volunteers who have contributed to make this yet another successful charity fundraising event. “Its great to be able to tell runners that all the costs of putting on the Knowle Fun Run, something over £20,000, have been covered by our generous sponsors and advertisers in the programme, and the numerous volunteers from local organisations e.g. K&D Round Table, 4th Knowle Sea Scouts, etc etc.,” says Richard.

2017 Year 1 KIDS are off

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Last minute advice for all runners

This e-mail was sent to all registered email addresses today 16/5/18). It contains important information about this year’s Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 20th May which we hope will help you with your planning.
Please read the whole email and ensure everyone entered via your email address is aware of the following:
PARKING – Please note if you park within the run route you will not be able to retrieve your car from the inside of the road cordon until 14:00. So why not park outside Knowle and jog or cycle from home? Please don’t bring your bike onto the playing fields or playground but use the cycle racks on the left hand side of the school. Bring a bike lock. Cycles will be left at your own risk.
REGISTRATION in SCHOOL HALL – from 9:30-11:00. Enter via the front of the school. Collection of runner numbers will be by surname, except Kids runners and pre-ordered T-shirts which are separate tables. Bring a pen and complete your contact details on reverse of your runner number. It is very important those under 16 provide their responsible adults name and contact phone number.


TIMING CHIPS – Your number and timing chip on the reverse is personal to you and must not be swapped with any other runner. You must wear your number on the front of your vest, otherwise no time will be recorded for you. If you have entered for the 10k but only complete one lap or if you have entered for the 5k but go on to try or even complete 10k you will not get a timed result.
CHANGING FACILITIES – available in the Sports Hall.  Please bring a bag for your clothes, which may be left in the cloakroom area between the toilets near the front door of the school. Bags will be left at your risk.
BEFORE YOU RUN – Why not visit the stalls via the central walkway & cheer on the Kids runners
KIDS RUNS – There will be 4 kids runs on the playing field starting underneath the New Balance red arch. Kids runners and parents are asked to make their way to the start for 11:00. The Year 4 kids run (Orange numbers) will start first at 11:00 followed soon after by Year 3 (Purple), Year 2 (Pink) & finally Year 1(Green). AT THE FINISH on the playing field be sure to collect your choc bar, water bottle and certificate of achievement. PRIZE-GIVING for the winning boy & girl after Year 1 run
FUN RUN START – Assemble in the left hand MUGA for the Warm Up at 11:50. Only 10k runners with Red numbers should start in the first wave at 12:00. All 5k runners with Blue numbers and any Red runners wishing to run with slower runners, must wait for the second horn at 12:05pm. The start time makes no difference to your recorded time which is how the results are decided.  
The roads will be traffic-free so please run on them, not the pavements.  Keep to the left unless overtaking!  The faster runners will want to pass you.  The roads re-open and traffic resumes by 14:00 so use the pavements then.
WATER – There are 5 official water stations, which means if you run the 10k you will pass 8 & collect a bottle of water at the end. But please bring your own water whatever the weather forecast.
AT THE FINISH – Don’t stop but carry on into the MUGA and collect your certificate of achievement, water and fruit & grain bar.
AFTER THE FINISH – After that continue walking out of the MUGA. Why not visit the Massage in the school hall 

THE PRIZE WINNERS – We hope you will return to the playing fields via the central walkway for the stalls, BBQ, buy any unclaimed t-shirts and prize giving  on the stage,
RESULTS & PHOTOS – We shall publish these as soon as practical on
FEEDBACK – We would like to hear from you and publish your photos on our website. Please e-mail us

Please remember it is a FUN RUN, have a great time and good luck setting a PB

LATE ENTRIES – Please tell anyone still wishing to enter: A limited number will be accepted on the day from 09:00 first come, first served. Please download form to complete from fun run website and bring cash: £20 for adult, £10 for junior runners. £5 for kids, but no free t-shirts, sorry.
LIONS GREAT SPEC-COLLECT – a reminder to bring your old specs along and drop them in the bin in the registration hall
Have a great Knowle Fun Run
From The Fun Run Team @ Knowle & Dorridge Lions

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