11 Jul

Heartfelt Invitation To Handsworth Park 10K

Handsworth Park 10K Fun Run For The British Heart Foundation

Registration is now open for the Handsworth Park 10K Fun Run on Sunday 17 September. The charity fundraising event is in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The Handsworth Park 10K Fun Run is a friendly, accessible event that encourages people of all abilities to get fit while raising funds for the BHF. Now in its fourth year, it was previously known as the Pete Hayes Handsworth Park 10K in memory of a talented young man who passed away from a heart condition at the age of 25. 
 
Handsworth-born Pete Hayes was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at the age of 12 but despite this, managed to live life to the fullest thanks to treatment derived from BHF research. He became a keen supporter of the charity and his family have carried on his support by volunteering at the Handsworth BHF Fundraising Group. 
 
They organise the annual event in conjunction with Active Parks to promote healthy living among the local community while raising funds for the British Heart Foundation. Their local running group, the Boathouse Runners, offers free training sessions to help people prepare for the 10K. 
 
The 10K Fun Run starts at 10.30am with entrants running three laps of the traffic-free, landscaped park. There is a children’s 3k fun run involving one lap of the park with marshals and first aid provided at both.
 
The final word is from Donna Stokes, BHF fundraising manager, who says: “This is a real community event with a lovely atmosphere.”
 
To enter, visit the BHF website.  
 
Photo courtesy of the British Heart Foundation