More than 1,600 runners, walkers and cyclists turned out to support the tenth Dorridge Fun Run, setting a new fundraising record of £35,000.
The annual event, organised by the Rev Duncan Hill-Brown, vicar of St Philips and St James Church, supports six charities. They are the Challenge Adventure Group, Solihull Children’s Special Needs, Reach Out Network, Muscular Dystrophy, Ward 19 and the local branch of Girl Guides.
A team from John Shepherd estate agents pushed a car around the three-mile course to help boost funds. The Rev Hill-Brown said: “We were delighted to have such a wide range of entries this year. We are used to cyclists and wheelchairs and even pets but this year we even enjoyed seeing a small car being pushed.”
A traditional summer fair, refreshments, children’s games and entertainment followed the race.
One of the organisers, Peter Marshall, said: “We are privileged to be able to support such great local charities making a real difference to people’s lives.”
Meriden MP Caroline Spelman presented prizes to the winner of the men’s eight-mile race, Jonathan Ashley, and the fastest woman, Sarah Rock.
The youngest was to take part was two-month-old Natalie Bartle, who won a teddy bear donated by main sponsor John Shepherd.