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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Good luck to all runners tomorrow

There are 5 official water stations in the usual locations for those who have run before, but as the forecast is for DRY & CLOUDY conditions with temperatures rising to 17C tomorrow please carry your own bottle full of water. The first water station is on the drive before you leave Arden Academy so don’t miss it.

Everything is set up ready for another great Knowle Fun Run so be sure to remember that it is just that a FUN RUN

Results will be published just as soon as our timers can assemble them. Be sure to make a note of your PB, you will need it when you run again next year – to beat it !!

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Final team news

Fewer teams this year. Seems some were unable to make there minds up whether to run 5k or 10k. Great to see Knowle and Dorridge Running Club getting behind their local run again with 10 teams, cleaarly intent on winning back the 10k team trophy they lost last year to Pershore Panthers. Will Stratford AC Juniors give them a run for the money, or someone else?

There are 3 competitions to win, you must have 4 runners in your team all completing the same distance 5k or 10k and it is the lowest combined time not places that will run home with the prizes and trophies

Here is the final list of complete teams:

Junior 5km
Dorridge Lads
Lady Katherine Leveson A
Lady Katherine Leveson B
Lady Katherine Leveson C
The Windchasers
Adult 5km
Capelin Finacial Mgt
Hampton Preschool Mums
Hampton Preschool Mums & Dads 2
Happy feet
Listers A team
Listers B team
ROBERTS runners
Standley & Co Team 1
Standley & Co Team 2
Adult 10k
ALDI Logistics
Balsall Common RC
Balsall Common RC 1
Hampton Preschool Mums & Dads 1
Knowle and Dorridge RC A Team
Knowle and Dorridge RC B Team
Knowle and Dorridge RC C Team
Knowle and Dorridge RC D Team
Knowle and Dorridge RC E Team
Knowle and Dorridge RC F Team
Knowle and Dorridge RC G Team
Knowle and Dorridge RC H Team
Knowle and Dorridge RC I Team
Knowle and Dorridge RC J Team
NT Runners
Run chums
Stratford AC Juniors
Team GO

Good luck to all runners

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After a greater than ever last minute surge entries closed Tuesday for this Sundays Knowle Fun Run with almost identical sized field of entries for the 5k & 10k & KIDSruns as 2016.

There are a small number of places available for those who download, complete and bring a late entry form to the Late entry/KIDS registration desks in Arden Academy Hall at 9:00 on Sunday. It will be first come, first served.

Enjoy your Fun Run.

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Only 2 days left

Don’t miss the deadline – Online entries close at midnight on Tuesday 16th for this year’s Knowle Fun Run 5k & 10k and KIDSruns.

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This e-mail was sent to all entrants email addresses up to 12 May and contains important information about this year’s Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 21st 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 that you will not be able to park on Barcheston Road, as the run follows this road this year, and if you park on other parts of that estate or elsewhere within the run route you will not be able to retrieve it from the inside of the road cordon until 14:00. So why not park outside Knowle and jog or cycle from home? Please 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 as usual, except KIDSrunners and pre-ordered T-shirts which are separate. 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.

DISPOSABLE 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.
WITHDRAWN??? – Please let us know by email today
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 KIDSrunners
KIDSRUNS – There will be 4 KIDSruns on the playing field starting underneath the New Balance red arch. KIDSrunners and parents are asked to make their way to the start for 11:00. The Year 4 KIDSrun (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.
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 start 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 Nature Valley bar.
AFTER THE FINISH – After you have collected your certificate, water & protein bar continue walking out of the MUGA. Why not then come back on the playing field, via the central walkway for the stalls, BBQ, prize giving etc?
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 from Knowle & Dorridge Lions. 
LIONS GREAT SPEC-COLLECT 2 – 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 Knowle & Dorridge Lions

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