2016 could prove to be ‘lucky number seven’ for the Wythall and Hollywood 10K, 5K and Fun Run, a small yet popular race that is the embodiment of civic duty.
Sunday 26 June sees the seventh outing of the small event with the big heart whose raison d’être is supporting the local community. Registered as a not-for-profit charity, the emphasis is on fundraising for charities, clubs and organisations via sporting activities such as this, with the aim of making a difference.
Runners have a choice of three distances: 10k, 5k and a 1.5k Fun Run that is suitable for children and families. The 10k and 5k races take place on closed roads – a selling point for runners who view this as an aid to a personal best as well as a safety aspect.
The course is relatively flat although there is a 1k hill to keep things interesting - something that PB chasers need to bear in mind. Both the 10k and 5k races start and finish at the same point so the organisers have introduced separate funnels, timing and tape to prevent any confusion. The 5k runners follow blue coloured tape, complete one lap whilst the 10k runners follow red coloured tape, and complete two laps with both finishing in the car park.
Proceeds from these races are donated to local charities.
This event may lack the clout of larger affairs; however, it is popular with runner and blogger Andy Yu (yellowrunner) who has thousands of followers and has claimed it as his favourite race. This plus the friendly, low-key approach and desire to help others means that this race is more than able to punch above its weight.
Photo courtesy of Wythall and Hollywood Fun Run.