10 Aug

Heartfelt Appeal For Running Heroes At Handsworth

BHF Handsworth Park Fundraising Group Invites Runners to Charity 10K

Runners can become heroes for a day by taking part in a commemorative charity fun run in Birmingham this autumn. The Handsworth BHF Fundraising Group is organising a 10K Fun Run on Sunday 18 September. This event aims to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Mending Broken Hearts Appeal whilst encouraging the public to fight to save every heartbeat in the UK.

This is the third outing for the Pete Hayes Handsworth Fun Run, set up in 2014 following the untimely death of a highly creative and popular young man aged 25. Pete Hayes had been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at the age of 12 but this didn’t stop him from living life to the full. He was an active supporter of the BHF - a gesture continued by his family and friends who formed the Handsworth group to generate funds for this charity whilst paying tribute to their son. 
The event starts with a warm-up at 10am followed by the actual run at 10.30am. This goes along a traffic-free route in this attractive park, making it suitable for families and entry is free for children under 14. Runners are advised to take advantage of the discounted advanced registration, guaranteeing their place in a community-orientated race that welcomes all abilities and backgrounds. 
Donna Stokes, BHF Fundraising Manager echoed this inclusiveness, saying: “This is a real community event with a lovely atmosphere. Tony Hayes, his family and friends are members of the Handsworth BHF Fundraising Group and organise this in memory of Pete Hayes.”
The Handsworth Park Charity Fun Run welcomes everyday heroes and the comic book kind. 
Advance registration available until 11 September. Visit the BHF website for more details.  
Photo courtesy of the British Heart Foundation