COOL and dry conditions led to fast times for most of the 1,900 participants in the 28th Knowle Fun Run on Sunday.
Joanne Malin from BBC radio WM sent runners on their way on the stroke of midday to tackle the five-mile road race.
The event, organised by Knowle and Dorridge Lions, is hoped to have raised more than £40,000 for the groups nominated charities - the Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance, Stroke Association and local Scouts.
More cash was raised for individual runners’ charities, companies charity of the year and personal causes.
Christopher Ashford from Knowle was the overall winner with a time of 27mins 49secs.
“It’s a great course with no traffic and loads of residents outside their houses cheering us round,” he said.
“This is the third time I have taken part, and as a Knowle resident I think it is an important part of the Knowle community.
“I am really looking forward to my weekend’s drive of the Renault Megane.”
The day started with almost 300 under nine-year-old Mini Runners cheered around the Arden school fields, all keen to pick up their Mars bar and certificate of achievement. The winners, Jacob Redden, Millie Mcpherson, Oliver Adnitt and Lillie-Mae Woodbridge, all received trophies.
Winners of the Walter Smith’s team prize were the Endorphin Seekers, whose aggregate time for four runners of two hours six minutes and two seconds, was just one second ahead of Knowle and Dorridge Running Club A team, and 36 seconds ahead of Brueton Parkrun A team. Secondary team winners were Solihull and Small Heath Girls and the Junior team trophy was won by a Lady K Leveson school team, also from Knowle. This year’s first Super Veteran was Graham Lawrence from Yardley Wood for the third year running in 34 minutes 43 seconds.
Anyone interested can contact the Knowle and Dorridge Lions on firstname.lastname@example.org Full results and winners can be viewed on www.knowlefunrun.org.uk