On behalf of everyone involved in organising this year’s 15th Great Midlands Fun Run, may I say a huge ‘thank you’ to those of you who participated and the many thousands who came along to support you in Sutton Coldfield town centre and along the 8.5 route, including Europe’s largest urban park Sutton Park NNR
The resilience of the British public to live their lives in a positive manner and to continue to support those who most need help in our society, was clearly evident across the royal town.
I must also express my sincere gratitude to the hundreds of volunteers in the town centre and around the course, without whom the event could not be staged.
You are the backbone of this great country we are fortunate to live in and your continued support enables so many fabulous occasions, such as the Great Midlands Fun Run, to be staged.
To the members of the emergency services. The British public owe you such a debt of gratitude. Your support and advice in the months, weeks and days leading up to the event was not only invaluable but critical during this time of heightened security.
I hope those of you who completed the course wore your Cookes Furniture commemorative medal with pride when you returned to nursery, school, college, university or work.
To our commercial partners my personal thanks for your invaluable contribution to the event in whatever capacity. Quite simply without your commitment, financial and in many instances physical support, the royal town of Sutton Coldfield would not enjoy, hosting such a fabulous event – one which provides an ideal vehicle to generate huge sums of money for charities and voluntary organisations nominated by those who participate.
I witnessed many people, of all ages, cross the finish line in tears. Many will have participated in memory of close family and friends who are ill or sadly no longer with us. Be proud of your achievement.
Finally, to my partner Jane. Your son was and remains an inspiration and driving force for so many, not only in the UK but across the world – despite passing away just over three years ago.
Since our paths crossed, I have witnessed so many special moments with you and my life has been enhanced and significantly more hectic!
You have continued your son’s legacy and in so doing become an inspiration to me and
so many in your own right.