HUNDREDS of determined runners took to the streets of Solihull for the town’s half marathon on Sunday (April 8).
The Mayor of Solihull, Coun Stuart Davis sent runners on their way around the 13.1 mile route starting at Blythe Valley Business Park before taking to the rural roads with twisty inclines.
The Solihull and District Group of the Multiple Sclerosis Society were chosen by organisers KP Events as this year’s nominated charity.
So far more than £2,000 has been raised by those who chose to run in support of the MS Society and donations are still being received.
Antoinette Fisher, Chair of the Group, said: “It was such a fantastic day. It was inspiring to see so many people running for such great causes.
“We were delighted to have been chosen by KP Events to be this year’s nominated charity.
“All the money we raise goes towards helping people with MS and their families who live in the Solihull area.”
The group organises trips outs, exercise classes, physiotherapy sessions and offers telephone support to sufferers across the borough.
The Mayor said: “I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in the race today and raised a fantastic amount of money for such a worthwhile cause.
“It’s always great to see so many local residents coming out to cheer on the runners and shows the strong community spirit we have here in our borough.
“Running 13.1 miles is challenging enough so I was particularly impressed by all of those who chose to make this even more difficult for themselves by wearing fancy dress costumes.”
The race was won by Chris Sharp in 1 hour, 12 mins and 55 seconds.
The first female athlete home was Susannah Gill, crossing the finish line in 1 hour, 27 mins and 39 seconds.
To find out more about the MS Society, go to www.mssociety.org.uk. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/companyteams/MSSolihullHalf