History of The Great Midlands Fun Run

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The 10th annual Great Midlands Fun Run 2012. Sunday 10th June, Sutton.

Sunday, 14 September, 2003, marked the inaugural Great Midlands Fun Run with the 15th event scheduled for Sunday, 4 June 2017.

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 [Trinity Mirror Group] – publishers of titles including the Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer, Great Barr Observer, Tamworth Herald, Lichfield Mercury & Walsall Advertiser and automotive dealership Chambers [Sutton & Tamworth].

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 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 at the top of the home page.

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 nominated by those who registered and participated. In 2014 when it was confirmed that 293 charities and voluntary groups were to share another record breaking £345,022 – £43,000 more than the previous record set a year earlier.

In 2015, a record-breaking £347,024 was distributed to 267 charities and voluntary organisations nominated by those who participated in the 31 May event, which, for the first time since 2002 also featured rain!

Last year a further £283,300 was distributed to 237 charities and voluntary groups taking the total distributed since 2003 [under its Great Midlands Fun Run title], to over £2.83 million.

The 2017 event is scheduled for Sunday, 4 June