The Virgin Active “World’s Shortest Fun Run” World Record Attempt in Aid of The Local Charity “We Love Lichfield Fund”, Around Princes Park, Burntwood

ONLINE ENTRY NOW CLOSED – But you can register by emailing paul@kpevents so we can allocate a time slot to run your lap in.

KP Events are staging a World record attempt; the Virgin Active World’s shortest ‘fun run’ on Monday 6th May 2013 from 10am,  to raise money for the charity We Love Lichfield Fund. Sponsored by Virgin Active – health clubs, gyms, spas and tennis.

The fun run is around the UK’s smallest park – Princes Park off Church Road and Farewell Lane in Burntwood. There are lots of definitions of a ‘park’ but in essence it must be a fenced open space, not adjoined to a building and be solely used for recreation.

It will only take approx 55 strides to get around Princes Park, in approximately 25 seconds; and everyone who takes part will be a record holder, once it’s verified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

To PLEDGE MONEY for the We Love Lichfield Fund when participating please click on ‘We Love Lichfield Fund’ logo on the right.

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For more information contact Kevin Wilson at, 07971-100973.

For sponsorship opportunities contact as media interest is expected to be high.

If you are a member of the Lichfield Virgin Active Lichfield Health and Racquet Club and would like to in the “Virgin Active Lichfield Team” for the Waitrose Lichfield half-marathon please ask for Sue Wright at reception 01543-266-700.

The World's Shortest Fun Run World Record Attempt

The Virgin Active World’s shortest fun run attempt forms part of a running-themed May bank holiday weekend across the Lichfield District staring with a running exhibition in the Three Spires Shopping Centre in Lichfield city centre on Saturday May 4th from 1pm. Then it’s the Lichfield Half Marathon on Sunday May 5th starting at 10:30a.m, and the Fun Run on Monday the 6th.

Kevin Wilson of KP Events said he dreamt the idea up after researching the World’s smallest park on the internet. He said: “Princes Park is a great attraction for the area and I thought it was the World’s smallest park but that honour is taken up by a grassed traffic island on a California freeway! Princes Park is the UK’s smallest park so this little strip of land would have another honour so we decided to launch a Guinness World record attempt to try and get between 500 and 1000 people to run or walk around it. Not only will participants become record-holders but they can also raise money for our favourite charity, the We Love Lichfield Fund, which in only its first two years raised over £150,000 for local projects.”

Simon Price, CEO of famous cutlery firm Arthur Price and a Patron of We Love Lichfield, said; “What a brilliant idea… another creative and unusual family fun event to add to the District’s extensive sporting calendar. I’m delighted that the organisers KP Events have chosen the We Love Lichfield Fund as its charity and I hope that lots of people can take part in what will be, even though only 55 steps, a fun occasion.”

GB 1500m international athlete Phil Clamp turned up at a snowy Princes Park last Friday (March 22nd) to lend his support to World Record attempt. Phil is hoping to represent GB at the World Veteran Athletic Championships in Rio this summer. Phil is pictured below racing Louise Sambrook of organisers KP Events round Princes Park. Phil said:

“What a fantastic idea, a fun run everybody can take part in and achieve, who knows, some people will do it, enjoy the experience and carry on to longer distances, and all in a fantastic cause too.”

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About the ‘We Love Lichfield Fund’


We Love Lichfield, is a fund which raises money and then makes donations to voluntary groups only across the Lichfield District.

Launched in 2011, We Love Lichfield provides small grants to a wide range of projects based in the Lichfield District. It raises money by companies and individuals making donations or fund-raising and all money is invested through a permanent endowment fund by the Staffordshire Community Foundation, a registered charity, on behalf of We Love Lichfield in line with charity commission guidelines.

The interest and dividends earned on the invested money is then distributed by the We Love Lichfield Fund as small grants across the district. The beauty of this model is that it will provide a source of on-going funding that can be used for small grants, and larger grants as the fund grows, for many years to come.

The fund will consider all applications from local groups in need, aiming to do so twice a year.

Visit for more information or call the Staffordshire Community Foundation on 01782 683000 if you need further advice.

To PLEDGE MONEY for We Love Lichfield when participating in the World’s Shortest Fun Run please click on We Love Lichfield Fund logo on the right.

Official Launch of The World’s Shortest Fun Run

Local dignitaries and council officers attended the official launch of the World’s Shortest Fun Run. Those in attendance were left to right

  • Louise Sambrook, KP Events
  • Rod Campbell, Burntwood Town Council Chair
  • Sue Woodward, Burntwood Town Council
  • Diane Evans, Burntwood Town Council
  • Kevin Wilson, KP Events
  • Paul Griffin, KP Events
  • James Myers Park Ranger Lichfield District Council
  • Ken Humphries, Lichfield District Council Chair
  • Julian Fisher, We Love Lichfield
  • Maureen Humphries, Lichfield District Council Chair Consort