Press release

Sun brings out the Fun Runners

Once again runners in last Sunday’s 29th Knowle Fun Run enjoyed ideal sunny running conditions. The wet and cold Spring weather certainly put runners off entering this year but those who did enjoyed another fantastic event organised by Knowle and Dorridge Lions. ‘We were delighted when the number of entries reached 1600 for the shorter 4.8 mile Fun Run. The extra effort required to move the start and finish to the front of Arden School in the past 2 weeks due to unsuitable ground conditions on the playing field paid off in the end.’

Overall winner for the second year was local resident Christopher Ashford who completed the 4.8 mile course in 24mins 21secs. After the run Chris said ‘This is the fourth time I have taken part, and as a Knowle resident I believe it’s the best Fun Run in Solihull. It’s a great course with no traffic and loads of residents outside their houses cheering us round I think the prizes are fantastic, and am really looking forward to my weekend’s drive of the Renault Megane Cabriolet’

Mary Rhodes now a regular face on BBC Midlands Today set the runners on their way on the stroke of midday.  ‘We were delighted when Alzheimer’s Research, one of the nominated charities, offered to get Mary along’, said Knowle and Dorridge Lion President Dave Carter. ‘She did a great job entertaining the Mini Runners and gave words of encouragement for the Fun Runners about to set out on their 2 lap run. She is a true professional’.

The Lions were grateful for the continued sponsorship from Hunters Estate Agency as well as many other companies. ‘Despite the financial situation all the costs of the day were met by corporate sponsors in cash or in kind before anyone entered,’ says organiser Adrian Harris, ‘so we were able to tell runners that every £ of entry fee, donation or sponsorship raised will go to our nominated charities, which also included Crossroads Care, Scout groups and other local causes. We hope to have raised over £35,000 when all the sponsorship has been received. 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’

The day started well when 250 under 9 year old Mini Runners were cheered around the Arden school fields each wearing their complimentary navy blue Fun Run t-shirt all keen to pick up their Mars bar and certificate of achievement. The winners Ben Garside, Sophie Lamaison, Blake Adams & Kate Woodman all received trophies & gifts courtesy of MiniRun sponsor Sytner Mini.

Winners of the team events this year were

Team Name

Runners Home

Aggregate time

Catgegory

Knowle and Dorridge RC Mens Team A

4

01:47:52

Walter Smiths Adult Trophy

Solihull & Small Heath Girls

4

02:06:13

Hunters Secondary Trophy

Lady K Leveson School C

4

03:31:46

Lions Junior Trophy

‘It’s great to have a team organising such a popular and successful community event,’ said President Dave. ‘It takes well over 6 months effort for some of our Lions and 200 helpers on the day, we now have to thank so many people, too many to mention here, who helped to ensure the day went off without a hitch. Anyone interested in ensuring the continued success of the Knowle Fun Run should contact the Knowle and Dorridge Lions now via 2012@knowlefunrun.org.uk

The full provisional results and winners can be viewed on www.knowlefunrun.org.uk

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