COOL WEATHER BRINGS QUICK FUN RUN TIMES

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The serious runners liked the cool temperatures at this year’s Knowle Fun Run last Sunday with most category winners times much improved on recent year’s.

“It was really tough for me this year after completing the London Marathon 3 weeks ago”, said runner David Hofton Director of Hunters Estate Agents who have been the Fun Runs main sponsors for 20 years. “The Lions work really hard to make a success of this great community event, they deserve all the accolades they receive.”

funrun13This year’s overall winner Yousef Al-Lathaa from Birmingham for the second year in succession, a late entry on the morning, improved on his time of last year by over 1 mins 30 secs, beat local resident Jonathon Jennings from Dorridge by a similar margin.

We had two category winners who have now won 4 years on the trot. Trevor Prickett and Jane Evans won the Super Veteran and 1st adult female trophies again, both improving on their previous times.funrun6

Provisional category winners:

Category Race Number Name Time
1st overall 1468 Yousef Al-Lathaa 27:03
1st local 434 Jonathan Jennings 28:59
1st adult female 276 Jane Evans 29:58
1st superveteran 730 Trevor Prickett 37:53
1st veteran male 439 Dave Johnson 33:41
1st veteran female 337 Monica Green 36:21
1st secondary boy 719 Josh Porter 31:50
1st secondary girl 121 Georgie Campbell 36:23
1st junior boy – 2 laps 534 Tomas Maidment 36:30
1st junior girl – 2 laps 886 Ellen Taylor 37:26
1st junior boy – 1 lap 2012 Jake Collins 17:08
1st junior girl – 1 lap 2024 Ciara Gahan 21:09
4 runners home aggregate time for TWO laps
  Team Name Aggregate time
Junior The 4 Knowle-ateers 02:38:27
Secondary Lyndon School 04:23:49
Adult Knowle & Dorridge RC A Team 02:06:18

 

BBC presenter Rebecca Wood who had promised to bring sunny weather, set the runners on their way on the stroke of midday. “Rebecca proved to be a true professional, interviewing the trophy winners and selecting the Fancy Dress winners based upon their reasons for running in fancy dress”, said Richard. “Together with the Hollywood Monster 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.” Winners of the Fancy dress prize were Greg Hart and the Tilehouse Trotters pushing an ingenious Viking Ship alleged to have sank on the first lap.

 

“We were delighted to have nearly 1900 entries for this year’s Fun Run & Mini Runs”, said Richard. “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, which also included Arthritis Research UK, Knowle FC, Solihull Young Carers and other local causes. We hope to have raised over £40,000 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.”

 

The day started well when almost 300 under 9 year olds took part in 4 Mini runs wearing their complimentary yellow Fun Run t-shirts were cheered around the Arden school fields all keen to pick up their Mars bar and certificate of achievement. The winners all received trophies & gifts courtesy of MiniRun sponsor Sytner Mini.

 

2015 Knowle Fun Run Mini Run Winners
Year 1 Girl 146 Emma Woods
Year 1 Boy 129 Harrison Wibberley
Year 2 Girl 264 Molly Weaver
Year 2 Boy 263 Lucas Bailey
Year 3 Girl 318 Lara O’Brien
Year 3 Boy 309 Joseph Davis
Year 4 Girl 415 Roisin Reddington
Year 4 Boy 408 Jack O’Leary

 

It’s great to be part of a team organising such a popular and successful community event,” said organiser Richard. “The Lions have been involved in the organisation of the Fun Run for 32 years now. We have to thank a large number of sponsors and nearly 200 helpers on the day without their help the Fun Run would not happen let alone raise over £40,000 for charity. Anyone who may like to help the Lions with this or their other fundraising activities please get in touch now via info@knowleanddorridgelions.com”

The full results and photo gallery can be viewed on www.knowlefunrun.org.uk

Photos: NewBold Images

 

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