Andy Street to run Knowle Fun Run

Entries are already flooding in for this year’s Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 19 May in aid of SoLO Life Opportunities, the UK Sepsis Trust and other local causes. Organisers Knowle and Dorridge Lions are hoping Solihull’s longest running Fun Run, now in its 36th consecutive year, will be even better than last year which attracted over 1800 entries and raised over £34,000 for charity

“We are delighted to welcome West Midlands Mayor Andy Street as this year’s special guest who will start the Kids Runs for the under 9s at 11am  and 10k and 5k runs at 12noon” says this year’s the event organiser Lion Adrian Harris. “Andy will then jump down from the starter’s rostrum and run the 5k 1 lap through the traffic-free streets of Knowle cheered on by residents who turn out to support all the runners, before returning to award prizes for all the winners.”

Last week Andy came along to Arden Academy in Knowle to meet the Lions organisers and the partner charity fundraisers and to familiarise himself with the course. Andy said “I was really surprised when the Lions invited me to start the Knowle Fun Run and to award the winners prizes. I had no hesitation in accepting especially when I read that the benefitting charities are The UK Sepsis Trust – who do so much to raise awareness of Sepsis and supporting those affected by it, and SoLO Life Opportunities – who do great work adding value to the lives of over 1000 children and adults with learning disabilities in Solihull. I asked the Lions if I could actually run the Fun Run as well as starting it, as I really want to enjoy the atmosphere generated by so many charity runners – and they have said ‘yes’, so I’m committed now.”

Andy will be the first Fun Run starter to run the race as well since Jasper in 2003. Runners should watch out for the Mayor wearing running number 1

As usual there will be prizes to be won for individuals in each category as well as teams of 4. There will also be a fancy dress prize for the most original outfit completing the course. Full details can be found and entry online via now

“We have some great opportunities for businesses to help us cover the costs of staging the event this year so that all entry fees will go to the partner charities and local causes. Please get in touch now,” said Adrian. “We would also like to hear from residents not running who make like to volunteer to help either as marshals on the day or other key roles.” Please contact Adrian on

Photo: Andy Street, Mayor for the West Midlands, Maria Brown from SoLO, Adrian Harris Fun Run organiser, Sam Hiskett from Sepsis Trust; 

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