ORGANISERS of the fifth Balsall Common Fun Run have paid tribute to everyone who took part in a record-breaking event.
The Fun Run on Sunday (September 23) was organised by The Lily Mae Foundation who support bereaved parents and their families following the loss of a baby to Stillbirth or Neonatal Death. Such families were among those taking part, in memory of their babies.
The Fun Run hosted by Dan Kelly (Free Radio Birmingham), now in its fifth year, is held for two main reasons;
- To put something back in to the community for the support shown to the Lily Mae Foundation and the work it carries out for Bereaved Parents and their Families.
- To enable Bereaved Parents and their Families to take part in memory of their babies.
The event was supported by the new Sports and Wellness Hub at the University of Warwick – which is part of a £49 million state-of-the-art sports complex at the University.
It is set to open in Spring 2019 and will include a 230-station gym, a 25-metre swimming pool, multi-purpose sports halls, a cutting-edge climbing wall, six squash courts and a range of outdoor sports pitches and will be open to the community.
Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Director of Sport & Active Communities, said: “We were delighted to support this year’s Balsall Common Fun Run and it was a fantastic day.
“Our team were at the event to meet people from the local community and there was a great buzz around the whole morning.
“We hope to see some of the runners who took part today at our new sports hub when it opens next year – and hopefully we can help them prepare for future events.”
The event saw over 700 runners take part with hundreds more spectators lining the streets of Balsall Common to cheer on their family members and friends who took on the 5KM or 10KM course.
Amy and Ryan Jackson said: “Following on from the success of the fun run in in the last four years, the trustees of the foundation, who are all volunteers, put in an enormous amount of time and hard work to make the fun run the best yet.
“The support from our volunteers leading up to and at the event was magnificent.
“The event really does pull the community together. The Balsall Common Fun Run is growing in stature and is regularly attracting more than 650 runners and walkers every year.
“With our new slogan ‘Walk, Jog, Run, Race’, 2018 was a record year for entrants with over 700 people taking part.
“The feedback that we have received from the runners, marshals and spectators, who lined the route or watched at the start and finish line at the Heart of England School, has been exceptionally positive.
“We have already been asked for the date for next year’s run. Without the support of the event’s sponsors it would not be possible to hold such a large-scale event”.
These are: University of Warwick, Signarama Birmingham South (Signage Sponsor), NDS Tooling Solutions Ltd, Aquarius Interiors Ltd, EMBRACE, Kingsman Estate Agents, Heart of England School, Sainsbury’s, JP Conference and Events, Harper Fields Barchester Healthcare, The Brickmakers Arms, Prestige Sheldon, Mondelez International, Brothers Décor, AJ’s Classic Cakes and New Balance.
To view the Official Images please click on the links below. A huge thank you to both Stewart Beck and Claire Keogh for giving up their time to capture these amazing moments!