HOT SUNSHINE GREETS KNOWLE FUN RUNNERS
KENYAN ROMPS HOME IN FIRST HIS 10k KFR
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:
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 4||Boy||Jacob Gregory|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our next fundraiser is the Heart of England Bike Ride on 8 July”
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