On Sunday (4 June), more than 6,000 runners took part in the Great Midlands Fun Run at Royal Sutton Coldfield. The popular annual event sees over 200 charities and organisations benefit from the runners’ fundraising efforts.
The event is marketed as 'a run not a race' and is open to all ages and abilities. Many entered into the spirit of the occasion by wearing costumes, including leprechauns, Star Wars characters and Bob the Builder.
Among the throng was the Wolverhampton Bobsled Team with new member Jane Sutton to raise funds for Stephen’s Story and Teenage Cancer Trust. This was the second event for the team who participated in the Market Drayton 10K in May with another appearance scheduled for the Aldridge 10K on 11 June.
Runners followed an 8.5-mile route around the town centre that included Sutton Park and the infamous ‘Cardiac Hill’ at the four and half-mile mark. They then headed out of the park and along Four Oaks Road and Lichfield Road to the finish in the town centre.
Last year’s event raised £283,300 for local causes that include voluntary organisations and community interest groups chosen by the runners. A total of £2.83 million has been raised since the first Great Midlands Fun Run in 2003 with Sunday’s event set to increase that and benefit the community at large.
Photo courtesy of Andy Newman