IT might not have been as hot as last year’s event - which proved to be the hottest day of 2008 - but the sun shone nonetheless to ensure this year’s Knowle Fun Run went with a swing.
The crowds turned out too in their thousands to urge on the runners, many in fancy dress, who took part in the 26th annual event.
Borough funnyman Don Maclean set the record entry of just over 2,000 runners on their way on the stroke of 12 noon on the five mile course.
“We were delighted Don was able to join us,” said organising Knowle and Dorridge Lion Adrian Harris.
“It seems that the decision to close the roads on the course was universally welcomed by runners and local residents who set out chairs and tables enjoyed a real party atmosphere.”
He added that the Lions were delighted a host of companies continued to sponsor the event in the midst of a credit crunch.
He added: “We were able to tell runners that every pound of entry fee, donation or sponsorship raised will go to our three nominated charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, Whizz-Kidz, Campaign SightFirst and local causes. We hope to have raised over £35,000 when all the sponsorship comes in.”
The Fun Runs started with the traditional mascot race where the Running Lion took on the Couch Potato, MacMug from Macmillan Cancer Support & the Whizz-Kidz clown.
This year’s winner was the Whizz-Kidz clown, closely followed by the Running Lion.
After that more than 300 under nine-year-old mini runners were cheered around the Arden School fields each wearing their complementary Fun Run t-shirt.
Four winners received gifts courtesy of Mini Run sponsor Sytner Mini.
Winners took away trophies and prizes and all who took part received the traditional certificate of achievement.
“It takes well over 150 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,” said Adrian.
Anyone interested in helping Knowle and Dorridge Lions at next year’s Fun Run should contact them via info@KnowleandDorridgeLions.com.