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WITHDRAWN???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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The signs are up

With just 15 days left to enter this years Fun Run & KIDSruns all the signs are up around Knowle and Dorridge alerting residents to the road closures from 11:45 to 14:00 on Sunday 21 May.

We hope residents will turn out and line the route to cheer on the runners from midday, or come up to Arden Academy from 11:00 for the KIDSruns and add to the atmosphere of the event and that the Fun Run will not inconvenience you. For more details of the course and road closures please click here.

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Latest team news

Team entries are late this year with a few notable omissions, but many of the regulars. Great to see Knowle and Dorridge Running Club getting behind their local run again with 10 teams

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

If your team is not listed please get in touch

Here is the up-to-date 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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Listers get behind KIDSruns


Entries for this year’s Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 21 May continue to flood in, with the dry weather encouraging runners to pull on their running shoes, stretch their legs and decide whether they should enter for 5 or 10kms.

After 33 years the organisers, Knowle and Dorridge Lions, have bowed to pressure from runners and metricated the former 5 mile run route, giving all ages the choice of running 2 laps 10 km or 1 lap 5 km on traffic-free roads around Knowle.

“Plans for the day are coming together well”, says organiser Lion Bob Thurtle. “Finding new sponsors each year is not easy and we are indebted to Listers Jaguar & Land Rover for stepping up to sponsor the KIDSruns.

“We hope that Mums & Dads from all over Solihull will enter their 5-9 year olds online for our successful 4 runs for children in school years 1 through 4, around 400 metres once around the playing field. Every entrant is a winner as all the kids receive a free royal blue t-shirt on the day, as well as certificates of achievement, water bottle and chocolate bar as they finish.”

“Listers is a family based business and we are proud to support the Knowle Fun Run which brings together so many families in the local area for a fun and active day out,” says Karl Sollis Head of Business at Listers Jaguar. “As well as displaying some of our new vehicles and providing prizes for the first boy and girl in each of the 4  runs, we shall be getting behind the event by entering a team of runners in the 10kms race ourselves.”

This year’s Knowle Fun Run will raise funds for Lions nominated charities – Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and local causes, although the Lions are also delighted to hear about an increasing number of runners are raising funds for their own special cause closer to their heart.

As every year the Lions are looking for non-runners to help as marshals or even to join our club to ensure the future success of the event. Don’t wait to be asked, give Lion President Richard Buckley a call on 08458 335894 or email today. Get your entry in today at


Pictured are: Karl Sollis, Head of Business; Seb Morgan-Giles, Listers Marketing officer & Richard Buckley, President of Knowle & Dorridge Lions, and 3 KIDS runners

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500 up

Entries are going really well for this years Knowle Fun Run, with the new 10k distance, twice around an extended course proving more popular than the 5k 1 lap run. 

“Faced with the choice we think some runners are putting off entering until they improve their fitness level”, says Lion Bob Thurtle this year’s event organiser. “All we can do is ask runners to pass onthe message that a shorter 5k distance is available this year and not to leave it until the last minute – Tuesday 16 May to enter. We don’t want anyone to be disappointed”

“After the success of Learning Curves Cheerleaders last May, we are trying to make some noise in Knowle and around the course this year. Knowle Church have agreed to ring a peel of their bells as the runners pass and others are signing up for various places around the course. If you have any ideas please get in touch

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Teams News

Faced with a choice of entering 4 runners for the 10k trophy, or 4 runners or 4 juniors for the 2 5k trophies it seems many would-be teams are unable to make a decision, yet

So far the complete teams are:

ALDI Logistics
NT Runners
Run chums
Stratford AC Juniors
Dorridge Lads
Hampton Preschool 1
ROBERTS runners
Standley & Co Team 1
Standley & Co Team 2

Of course it is early days and we have many other promises and partially complete teams.

If your team is not listed here please get in touch, we may be able to help you.

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Batman Gary signs up again

Personal trainer at David Lloyd Leisure Centre and regular KFR runner Gary Wickett has entered for the KFR10k run. 

The 32-year-old from Solihull has signed up to the physically demanding task of completing a range of running challenges this year, from 10k races to full marathons and even a triathlon and including the KFR10k.

He quit his sedentary job of over 12 years and decided to pursue a career in fitness, in the hope of helping others and gaining a sense of job satisfaction.

He said: “I caught the running bug and since then I am always booking onto events to try and challenge myself.”

Last year Gary completed 28 events including half marathons, obstacle course races and trail runs and the 5 mile Knowle Fun Run in a Batman costume.

This year he wants to take on even more events, between forty and fifty in total – and the more grueling the challenge the better. He added: “I will be running several marathons this year as well as lots of half marathons and extreme obstacle course races. I want to test my limits.”

This year, Gary is running for Meningitis Now, the UK’s largest meningitis charity. He chose to fundraise for the charity to help and support his friend Becky Doyle, who has gone through the hard times that meningitis brings.  He added: “My heart went out to their story. Running for this cause is the least I can do for such an inspiring family.”

Gary only started running just over two years ago, so he still considers himself an amateur runner, although he has achieved so much already. “From being overweight and unfit to being in the best shape of my life, my goal is to complete 100 half marathons ASAP.

Event fundraiser for Meningitis Now Kirsty Owen-Hayward added: “We are so thrilled that Gary has chosen to support us.

“As a charity we are completely reliant on donations, so Gary’s epic challenge will help to raise much needed funds to continue the vital work of Meningitis Now. This challenge isn’t easy, but we know that action man Gary can do it!”

You can sponsor Gary by visiting his JustGiving page or text code MNOW90 £5 to 70070.


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PSL sponsor trophies

We are delighted to welcome PSL Probate Solicitors of Knowle as our new trophy sponsors

There will 23 specially engraved trophies in all so whilst everyone cannot be a winner you will be in with a chance if you are timed as the fastest!

Individual trophies:

  • 10k overall winner
  • 10k 1st female
  • 10k 1st male
  • 10k 1st junior boy
  • 10k 1st junior girl
  • 5k overall winner
  • 5k 1st female
  • 5k 1st male
  • 5k 1st junior boy
  • 5k 1st junior girl

Team trophies:

  • 10k team (4)
  • 5k team (4)
  • 5k junior team (4)

and Best Fancy dress runner, as judged by Dame Caroline Spelman


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Blue t-shirts for 2017

Proof copies of this year’s t-shirt have arrived. Here is an adult one modelled by our President Richard Buckley outside Arden Academy

Don’t forget to order yours when you enter online. The Adult one sponsored by Standley & Co solicitors are – £8.50, with at least 50% going to the Fun Run charities

The KIDS t-shirts sponsored by Arundales Accountatns are almost the same and are FREE to all KIDS runners entered online by 14 May

RB alone

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Its’ Dame Caroline

Or The Rt. Hon. Dame Caroline Spelman DBE Member of Parliament for the Meriden Constituency, to give Caroline her full title.

This year we are pleased to welcome our local MP to start our first 5k & 10k Fun Runs and award the trophies and prizes to the winners. Long overdue Caroline says “The Knowle Fun Run has been a firm fixture in my diary for many years for it’s a great community day with many organisations represented amongst the runners and it raises so much money for good causes. Being cheered on up Longdon hill and squirted with water pistols down Purnell’s Way is all part of the fun. All this is made possible by the Lions who make it all happen. Good luck to everyone this year.”

Portrait of Caroline Spelman Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government,Tuesday March 23, 2010. Photo By Andrew Parsons

Portrait of Caroline Spelman Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government,Tuesday March 23, 2010. Photo By Andrew Parsons


Dame Caroline was educated at Herts and Essex Girls’ Grammar and London University. Dame Caroline worked in the sugar industry for 15 years before becoming MP for Meriden in 1997, and was Chairman of the Conservative Party 2007-2009.  As an MP, she has been on the front bench for the majority of her time in parliament, including; Shadow Secretary of State for Local, Regional and Devolved Government, and for DfID, and was Secretary of State for DEFRA from 2010 to 2012.  Dame Caroline is currently Second Church Estates Commissioner for the Church of England.  She is married to Mark and they have 3 children.


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