The Handsworth running community came together on Sunday (18 September) to pay an uplifting tribute to the memory of a locally popular young man. It was the third year for this undulating three-lap fun run, raising funds for the British Heart Foundation while promoting healthy lifestyles in the local community.
The Pete Hayes Handsworth 10K started at 10.30am on a beautiful morning, with 159 runners from all walks of life, keen to do their bit for this charity. They turned out to remember Pete Hayes, a Handsworth-born and bred musician and video producer who sadly died from a congenital heart defect in 2012. Pete Hayes was a dedicated supporter of the British Heart Foundation due to treatment he received as a youngster for his heart defect that enabled him to live life to the full.
Since his passing, thousands of pounds have been raised for the British Heart Foundation, contributing towards life-saving research into heart disease.
The organisers work closely with this charity and Active Parks to encourage people to get fit by taking up sports such as running in the attractive surroundings of Handsworth Park. They set up a running group called Boathouse Runners, which is free and open to everyone irrespective of age or ability in a relaxed, fun environment.
Adam Hancocks of Tipton Harriers was the first male finisher in 36:53, setting a new course record by 22 seconds. Ian Mansell of Dudley and Stourbridge AC was second in 37:35 with Barry Lloyd coming third in 38:23.
Hattie Sutton was first female in 43:45, beating her own course record by 1 minute 5 seconds. Jennie Lloyd was second in 46:12 with Ellie Lloyd coming third in 52:05.