Sunday, 14 September, 2003, marked the inaugural Great Midlands Fun Run with the 18th event scheduled for Sunday, 31 May 2020.
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.
Our main sponsors include, Erdington based Cookes Furniture; Central Independent News & Media Ltd [Reach plc] – publishers of titles including the Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer, Tamworth Herald, Lichfield Mercury & Nuneaton News; Webasto Roof Systems Ltd, located in Minworth on the outskirts of Royal Sutton Coldfield – who is the world market leader in the supply of innovative sunroofs, thermo solutions and e-mobility to the automotive industry and Swof Media – our digital media partner based in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, completes our joint main sponsor line-up.
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 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!
In 2016 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 last three years have seen in excess of £700,000 distributed to charities and voluntary organisations moving the event total since 2003 to £3.58million.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, the rescheduled 2020 event on Sunday, 20 September has now been cancelled.
The 2021 Great Midlands Fun Run has been provisionally scheduled for Sunday, 6 June – Sunday at the end of spring half term.