People of all ages and backgrounds came together on Sunday (16 September) in Handsworth Park, Birmingham to run for the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Their efforts raised £5,600 for the charity.
The biggest run so far in its 5 year history, the Handsworth Park 10K attracted 235 entrants who ran, jogged or walked three laps around the Birmingham park. There was musical accompaniment from local drumming band Bhangra Smash Up to keep runners motivated and moving in time to the rhythm.
Many were running in tribute of a family member or friend, others on behalf of someone they know with a heart condition or to celebrate the fact they have survived a heart scare and are now enjoying life as fully as possible. They were united by a common purpose that of supporting the British Heart Foundation and their life-saving research.
This event was formerly known as the Pete Hayes Handsworth 10K, set up in 2014 by two members of the Park’s committee, Rachel Chiu and Tonia Clark. They were keen to promote Handsworth Park and suggested a 10K fun run in memory of local musician Pete Hayes who sadly passed away in 2012 from a heart condition. Pete’s family wanted to show their gratitude to the local community for their support during this difficult time and in 2017 renamed the event to the Handsworth Park 10K.
Peter Bird was first across the line in 36:44; Jessie Lutwyche was the first lady and set a new course record of 38:50.
To date, these events have collectively, raised £39,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
Image courtesy of Sandra Oxley.