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

IMPORTANT RUNNER ALERT FOR ALL KNOWLE FUN RUNNERS – UPDATE & ESPECIALLY FOR THE 500+ RUNNERS WHO ENTERED IN THE LAST 5 DAYS
 
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.

WE CAN NO LONGER CHANGE YOUR CATEGORY BETWEEN 5k & 10k

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 www.knowlefunrun.org.uk
 
FEEDBACK – We would like to hear from you and publish your photos on our website. Please e-mail us 2018@knowlefunrun.org.uk

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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Record last week entries

The greatly improved weather forecast has encouraged a record surge in entries over the last week.

When we closed entries a third of all 5k & 10k runners and half of all kids runners had entered in the last week.

Late entrants still hoping to take advantage of the small number of extra places we have ordered should do so by completing a downloaded Late Entry Form and bringing it along to the Registration Hall in Arden Academy at 9:00am on Sunday 20 May. First come, first served.

 

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Entries closed

After a hectic last few days we decided to extend the deadline for entries (including kids) until 18:00 Tuesday 15th

We have closed entries as we must send entry data to the timing company now.

Entries now exceed numbers for the last 2 years. There are a limited number of places for late entries on Sunday

Late entries should download the Late Entry Form, complete it and bring it on Sunday at 09:00. First come first served

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It’s too close to call

This years entries are running really close to last years. 

If you have not made your mind up between 5k & 10k 23:59 on Monday is your last chance to complete your entry

If you have already entered and want to change your entry from 10k to 5k or visa versa drop us an email Monday

Also if you have to withdraw please drop us an email on Monday & we shall ensure all your entry fee goes to the Fun Run charities

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Entries flooding in/Team news

Entries

As usual lots of runners have left their entries to the last weekend. Numbers are looking to be heading to last years levels, or thereabouts. Don’t forget entries close at 23:59 on Monday night this year.

Latest team news

So far we have 47 teams entered – 6 Junior 5k, 13 Adult 5k & 28 Adult 10k:

Junior 5k 

Coppice A
Coppice B
Coppice C
Marvellous Mitchells
TEAM SOOT
Walton Wunners

Adult 5k

#TeamHampton 1
#TeamHampton 3
#TeamHampton 5
Arden Photonics
Beetroots & Wobbly Bits 1
Beetroots & Wobbly Bits 2
Beetroots & Wobbly Bits 3 
Charlie’s Angels
Listers Jaguar Land Rover
MUMS ON THE RUN 1
MUMS ON THE RUN 2
The super troopers
the trio and the sheep

Adult 10k

#TeamHampton 2
#TeamHampton 4
3 nephews and a son in law
4 Amigos
40, 39, 38, 37
Brueton Parkrun A
Brueton Parkrun B
Fortnite Dons
Hampton Preschool
Hampton Preschool 2
Hayesies Harriers
Henderson
Knowle and Dorridge RC A
Knowle and Dorridge RC B
Knowle and Dorridge RC C
Knowle and Dorridge RC D
Knowle and Dorridge RC E
Knowle and Dorridge RC F
Knowle and Dorridge RC G
Knowle and Dorridge RC H
Madhouse 2018
MUMS ON THE RUN 10K
OK-2-GON
Oktogon
Pumacas Connolly
Pumacas Partridge
SSH Sole Mates

You need 4 runners all running the same distance to be listed & all 4 must record a finishing time to qualify for a time. Fastest 4 timed not placed to win trophies & prizes.

If your team is not listed please contact us this weekend

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Heath Lodge contribute to Fast Aid costs

New sponsor this year Heath Lodge Clinic organised a last minute photoshoot to promote their sponsorship.

Terry Flower, Chairman of Solihull and Birmingham FastAid met with Fun Run lead Richard Buckley outside Heath Lodge

‘Heath Lodge Clinic is extremely proud to sponsor the Knowle Fun Run on 20th May, in particular to be sponsoring the worthy cause Fast Aid. All of the staff at Heath Lodge Clinic hope that the day is a huge success and wish the best of luck to all of those taking part in the fun run’, says Michelle from Heath Lodge

‘It is the first year for over a decade any company has agreed to contribute towards the costs of providing the essential medical support’ says Richard. ‘It is never too late to offer to sponsor the ever-increasing costs of the Fun Run, and help swell the funds raised for the Fun Run charities’

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It’s all been very hush hush

We can now confirm it will be Solihull’s mayor-elect 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.

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

“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 Elect 2018/19

The Council is unable to let us have an image until she is confirmed as Mayor. Keeping watching this space.

We have had many V.I.Ps. over the years

 

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Latest team news

As entries our in and team entries are being firmed up we bring the latest list of teams:

ADULT 10K

4 Amigos

40, 39, 38, 37
Hampton Preschool
Hampton Preschool 2
OK-2-GON
Oktogon
Pumacas Connolly
Pumacas Partridge
ADULT 5k 
Arden Photonics
Beetroots & Wobbly Bits 1
Beetroots & Wobbly Bits 2
Beetroots & Wobbly Bits 3 
Charlie’s Angels
Marvellous Mitchells
 JUNIOR 5k

TEAM SOOT

Coppice A

Coppice B

Remember you need a team of 4 runners all for the same distance 5 or 10k before they count as a full team

If your team is not listed please get in touch

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Join mad dash for final entries

Next weekend is your last chance to join the mad dash whilst deciding whether to enter the 5k or 10k Knowle Fun Run which is on Sunday 20 May.

Knowle and Dorridge Lions, organisers of the Solihull’s ever popular community fundraising event, the Knowle Fun Run, are expecting the usual last minute scramble for places and warn runners they have to have made their decision and entered by midnight on Monday 14th to give them to time to order the personalised timing chips and runners numbers. “It seems giving runners a choice of 5k or 10k slows down entries as they have to make a decision when they enter,” says organiser Lion Richard Buckley.

This year’s event, which will see Solihull’s new Mayor-elect Cllr Flo Nash get the runners underway promptly at 12noon and present the prizes, will raise funds for Headway – the brain injuries charity, Solihull’s new Breast Cancer Haven as well as local causes. The Lions hope that individuals as well as companies have been getting their efforts sponsored and hope to raise over £35,000 for these worthy causes.

As usual there will be 4 KIDSruns for those under 9 years olds in Years 1-4 from 11:00 followed by the main event at 12:00 at Arden Academy and as usual we shall close the course to traffic for the 2 hours of the Fun Run, 11.45am to 2pm. Please see our website for details of the road closures.

“Not running? Join the crowds lining the roads create a fantastic atmosphere which attracts many new runners every year,” says Richard. “As usual we shall be welcoming runners from all over the country, not just the Midlands. With the run the Sunday after the Royal wedding we have introduced it as a theme for those wishing to run in fancy dress, and like last year we are introducing an element of noise – with Knowle Church ringing its bells as the runners pass and a number of other attractions around the route. Get online now at www.knowlefunrun.org.uk to complete your entry today”

Not running why not help the organisers:

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