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Balsall Common Fun Run marks success for The Lily Mae Foundation

Sarah Mason 23rd Sep, 2019

THE RAIN held off for all those taking part in this year’s Balsall Common Fun Run.

Serious runners, fun runners, mini runners and fancy dress runners all converged on Heart of England School for the annual charity fund-raiser organised by The Lily Mae Foundation.

Now in its sixth year, the run saw 900 runners completing either the 5km or 10km course around the village in honour of those families who had lost a baby to stillbirth or neonatal death, which the charity supports.

Such families were among those taking part, in memory of their babies.

The Fun Run on Sunday (September 22) is held as a thank you from The Lily Mae Foundation to the community which supports the work it carries out for bereaved parents and their families.

Amy and Ryan Jackson set up the charity after their daughter, Lily Mae, was born sleeping in 2010.

In her memory the couple hand out memory boxes to hospitals to grieving families and run support workshops in the months following.

Amy and Ryan said: “Following on from the success of the fun run in in the last five years, the trustees of the foundation, who are all volunteers, put in an enormous amount of time and hard work to make the fun run the best yet.

“The support from our volunteers leading up to and at the event was magnificent.

“The event really does pull the community together. The Balsall Common Fun Run is growing in stature and is now regularly attracting more than 700 runners and walkers every year.

“With our slogan ‘Walk, Jog, Run, Race’, 2019 was a record year for entrants with over 900 people taking part, helped by the run now being part of the Warwickshire Road Race League Calendar.

“The feedback that we have received from the runners, marshals and spectators, who lined the route or watched at the start and finish line at the Heart of England School, has been exceptionally positive.

“We have already been asked for the date for next year’s run. Without the support of the event’s sponsors it would not be possible to hold such a large-scale event”.

The official results can be found at https://www.stuweb.co.uk/events/2019/09/22/3592/

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