Sunday 3rd June 2018
Royal Sutton Coldfield: Lower Parade, Royal Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Sunday, 14 September, 2003, marked the inaugural Great Midlands Fun Run with the 16th event scheduled for Sunday, 3 June 2018.
The Great Midlands Fun Run is NOT A RACE. It's a fun event for people of all ages and abilities. Disability or age is not a barrier.
As an entrant you are encouraged to contribute towards the key objective - to provide financial support to charities and voluntary organisations, preferably across the Midlands - by collecting sponsorship money for a charity, voluntary organisation or community interest group of your choice.
As a direct result of your endeavours, this financial support will directly improve the quality of life for those who live with physical, learning or emotional disability.
The main sponsors, Erdington based Cookes Furniture; Central Independent News & Media Ltd - publishers of titles including the Royal Sutton Observer, Great Barr Observer, Tamworth Herald, Lichfield Mercury & Walsall Advertise and SWOF Media our web design/host & digital media partner.
We also want to thank our many supporting sponsors for their enthusiasm, support and encouragement.
The Fun Run is staged over an 8.5 mile all-tarmac route. The start is in Royal Sutton Coldfield town centre from where you enter Sutton Park @ Boldmere Gate after 2.25 miles, negotiate approximately 4.5 miles in the park including 'Cardiac Hill', exit @ Four Oaks Gate after 6.75 miles before returning to the finish in the town centre. A route map can be found by visiting the Fun Run Info tab on the Fun Run home page greatmidlandsfunrun.org
Everyone who completes the course receives a specially minted commemorative medal - sponsored by Cookes Furniture.
In 2003 over £40,000 was generated for Midlands based charities and a whopping £82,700 was raised in 2004. A further £81,800 was added in 2005 and an astonishing £108,300 was raised in 2006 with a then record-breaking £134,700 recorded in 2007.
In 2008, Fun Run entrants astounded everyone by raising £165,150 another record by a sizeable margin, and in 2009 that record breaking figure was raised substantially when it was announced that for the first time the annual total had broken £200,000 with £201,351 being distributed.
In 2010, just over £200,000 was again distributed for the second consecutive year, taking the total since 2003 through the £1million mark.
2011 proved to be another record-breaking year with £228,300 being distributed to over 250 organisations - nearly £27,000 more than the previous annual record.
Another record was set in 2012 when £281,652 was distributed to over 300 charities, voluntary organisations and community interest groups.
A capacity 7000 people registered for the 2013 event - the fourth year in a row, all available places were booked. That statistic was repeated in 2014 when 7000 people including 98 dogs registered for the 12th Great Midlands Fun Run.
In November 2013, it was announced that, for the first time, the Fun Run had broken the £300,000 barrier, with £302,450 being distributed to over 300 charities and voluntary groups.
The total raised and distributed in 2014 reached another record - £345,022; £43,000 up on the prevous record set twelve months earlier.
In 2015 a further record-breaking £347,000 was distributed with £283,300 being raised in 2016.
Last year £263,155 was distributed to 228 charities and voluntary organisations nominated by those who participated thus increasing the total distributed to charities and voluntary organisations since the first Great Midlands Fun Run in 2003 to £3.1 million
The 2018 Great Midlands Fun Run is scheduled for Sunday, 3 June, start time 11am.
Your information pack, including your unique official entry number, assembly instructions, course & Royal Sutton Coldfield town centre maps and timing chip will be posted, 2nd class, Monday, 14th May.
Roads close at 10.15am, with the event starting at 11.00am with entrants with disabilities and their helpers.
Adults start at approx 11.10 followed by juniors, abnormal loads, walkers and those with dogs.
The course is all tarmac on closed roads and within Sutton Park. Parking is available in town centre pay & display car parks - please note fees apply on Fun Run day. There are no changing facilities or showers. You will be able to leave belongings, at your own risk, at the United Reform Church [3 min walk from assembly area] on Fun Run day.
Traditionally the day has been dry and warm but this is the start of the British summer so be prepared for any weather.
Water stations are located at five points around the course including the finish line.
Further information can be found www.greatmidlandsfunrun.org; facebook.com/greatmidlandsfunrun; @greatmidsfunrun
Great Midlands Fun Run
The Hub- Mere Green Community Centre, 30A Mere Green Road, Sutton Coldfield