RUNNERS, walkers and cyclists helped set a new record for fundraising at this year’s Dorridge Fun Run.
Around 1,500 people took part in the annual calendar highlight – helping raise a whoping £35,000 for good causes.
The event, now in its eleventh year and sponsored by John Shepherd Estate Agents, had generated over £300,000 for charity.
This year’s fundraising war chest will be split between six charities – Solihull Life Opportunities, Muscular Dystrophy, Motor Neurone Disease, Reach Out Network, Childrens Liver Disease Association and the Lily Mae Foundation.
Organiser Ian Curtis believes the run is so popular because entrants don’t necessarily have to run.
he said: “It’s a very happy, fun day and literally everyone is encouraged to take part.
“As well as the serious runners we have babies in pushchairs and people walking their dogs.
“Main sponsors John Shepherd even had a team pushing a car round the three-mile route.”
The day itself (Sunday) saw fun runners enjoy a day of glorious sunshine which boosted the number of supporters and neighbours lining both the three and eight-mile routes through the surrounding countryside.
The races were all started by popular local entertainer Malcolm Stent and Caroline Spelman MP, who lives in the village, presented winners’ prizes to Andy Young and Sarah Rock and junior winner Tom Ritchie.
The oldest finisher was Margaret Ann Smith, aged 81, (pictured receiving her prize from Caroline Spelman).
Rev Duncan Hill–Brown, vicar of St Philips and St James Church who organise the event added: “We are delighted to be able to support those working in the community and actively welcome applications from other local organisations seeking funding.
“Those interested should please contact our Parish Office on 01564 775652.”
Pictures courtesy of Grace Turner and Emma Kesterton