ORGANISERS of the sixth Balsall Common Fun Run have paid tribute to everyone who took part in a record-breaking event.
The Fun Run on Sunday (September 22) 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, now in its sixth 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 inclement weather did not stop the 900 runners (200 more than in 2018) who took part with hundreds of spectators joining them at the start and finish lines as well as 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 five 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 now regularly attracting more than 700 runners and walkers every year.
“With our slogan ‘Walk, Jog, Run, Race’, 2019 was a record year for entrants with over 900 people taking part, helped by the run now being part of the Warwickshire Road Race League Calendar.
“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 Sport and Wellness Hub, Physio and Health Matters Balsall Common, Signarama Birmingham South (Signage Sponsor), Aldi UK, Guy Salmon LandRover Coventry (Safety Car Sponsor), EMBRACE, Kingsman Estate Agents, Sainsbury’s and JP Conference and Events.
All official results can be found at the link below.
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!