Upcoming Events

Event – Solihull Half Marathon 2nd April 2017

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PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION CLOSED AT 12 NOON FRIDAY MARCH 24TH. THIS EVENT IS AT FULL CAPACITY. SORRY, BUT THERE CAN BE NO LATE ENTRIES ON THE DAY.

PLEASE NOTE: RUNNER RACE PACKS WILL BE DELIVERED THROUGH THE POST WEEK starting 20th March 2017.

The first ever RUN FOR FUN SOLIHULL HALF MARATHON IN ASSOCIATION WITH VIRGIN ACTIVE SOLIHULL now will take place on Sunday 2nd April 2017 (moved from 23rd Oct 2016). Sponsored by IM Properties Plc.

Event starts in 3 days, 16 hours, 16 minutes, 4 seconds

SEE the certificate of course accuracy.

SEE Race Information Document

The start and finish will be adjacent to the Virgin Active Solihull Club on Blythe Valley Park (owned by our partners IM Properties plc) just off Junction 4 of the M42 and can house hundreds of cars on the day of the event.

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Results and Race photographs

Results will be available immediately after the race at www.stuweb.co.uk, a link will be posted on our website soon after the race.

Photographs will be available soon after the race by going to
charleswhittonphotography.com/solihull-half-marathon-2417

Physio Support

REST (Rayner’s Sports Massage and Therapy) will be present at the Solihull Half Marathon for pre and post race massages. Mike and his team will provide a free services with donations (minimum £5) to the event charity of choice Acorns Children’s Hospice. For more information go to facebook.com/MikeRayner.REST or call Mike on 07738758169

Recently refurbished One Central Boulevard offices at Blythe Valley Park

Sponsored by IM Properties Plc

Local property company IM Properties Plc, is excited to be supporting the first Solihull half marathon as a headline sponsor, in partnership with KP Events.

IM Properties is one of the UK’s largest privately owned property companies, with an investment and development portfolio of circa £900 million across the UK, Europe and the USA.

Since it’s inception as part of the IM Group in 1987, IM Properties has grown to become one of the UK’s leading property developers. Spanning industrial, retail, office and residential sectors, IM Properties’ portfolio boasts a range of high quality global occupiers including Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and UPS.

As owners of Blythe Valley Park since 2014, the locally based developer was keen to support the event in April which will be starting and finishing at Virgin Active Health Club on site. Blythe Valley Park is strategically located in the heart of the UK, and with over 122 acres of beautiful country park, it is the perfect location for the first Solihull half Marathon.

In business, thriving in today’s competitive environment requires dedication and hard work; and health and well-being are an essential foundation to success. That’s why Blythe Valley Park is much more than just a collection of buildings; it’s a complete environment with dynamic space that emanates a sense of community.

As landlords of the park, IM Properites will be encouraging sign up for the Solihull half marathon via the tenant ‘Bulletin’ page on the Blythe Valley Park website. The sense of community is one of the greatest attributes of Blythe Valley Park; which is strengthened by creating meaningful and lasting working relationships with occupiers. IM Properties is committed to maintaining Blythe Valley Park’s environment to a high standard for the benefit of occupiers.

Event - 23rd Oct 2016 Solihull Half Marathon

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About Run For Fun

“Run for Fun” (RFF) is an online running group founded by Maureen (Mo) Virtue in 2012 as a direct result of the inaugural National Lottery Olympic Stadium 5 mile run. Mo realised that the lucky ballot winners who took part in that race and who had shared their training stories through an online social media page would all lose contact unless she did something. Putting the idea of the “Run for Fun” group forward she was quickly joined by a few others and the original membership was 35. Since then membership has grown to over 6000 and it’s a rare occurrence to go to a race anywhere and not come across someone wearing a shirt bearing the RFF logo Ruffus.

Whilst running in other events is great fun Mo and fellow founding member Chris Murray wanted to work with an events company to stage an RFF half marathon. Chris is based in Solihull and had taken part in races organised by KP events so got in touch with Kevin Wilson of KP and now the inaugural RFF Solihull Half Marathon with Virgin Active as main sponsoring partner is all set for 23rd October this year.

Entry to the event is open to all runners and don’t be surprised though if you find you have a few hundred RFF members bearing Rufus and various motivational shirts alongside you.

Speaking ahead of the event RFF Leader Mo Virtue said “This is just so exciting and I can’t wait to see hundreds of our members running the Solihull Half Marathon along with hundreds of other running enthusiasts. It’s going to be brilliant and a dream come true!”

Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust

acorns-logoLocal children will be benefiting as the first ever Solihull Half Marathon comes to town. Acorns Children’s Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families across Solihull has been announced as the official charity of this event.

Rose Davie, events officer at Acorns urged local people to pull on their running shoes for the run. She said: “We’re thrilled to be chosen as the official charity for the Solihull Half Marathon and really hope lots of local people join us on the day to help raise the funds which are so vital for our care.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to be a part of the first ever half marathon to come to Solihull and running for Acorns will help give participants that extra push to reach the finish line, safe in the knowledge your efforts will help support local children and their families.”

The 13.1 mile scenic event will start and finish at Virgin Active, Blythe Valley Park, with entry at a discounted £26 for those who run to support Acorns.

Kevin Wilson from event organisers KP Events, said: “It’s brilliant to be involved with the first ever Run for Fun Solihull Half Marathon in association with Virgin Active and to then decide to work with Acorns Childrens Hospice as the events charity of choice is even better, such a worthy cause for all concerned”.

It costs Acorns nearly £10 million per year to provide its services and it relies on the support of the community and events such as the Solihull Half Marathon for the majority of this amount.

In the past year the charity has cared for over 800 children and supported more than 1,030 families, including those who are bereaved.

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(L-R) Simon Durman and Gaz Lloyd from Virgin Active, Paul Griffin Race Director and Rose Davie from Acorns

Information about the rescheduling from Oct 2016 to Apr 2017

Rescheduling the date of any event is something that we have never had to do since we formed in 2011 and that we would only consider in the most extraneous of circumstances. On this occasion, the sheer practical logistics of having to change route for a third time as recently as last month and then have to ensure all the pieces are in place to satisfy the very rigorous health and safety requirements set by all external agencies involved in the planning and successful delivery cannot be guaranteed within our deadline.

This has meant we have taken the decision to reschedule at this time to give everyone who has registered for the event sufficient time to look at our alternative arrangements which are listed below and hopefully be able to take part in the event on the new rescheduled date of Sunday April 2nd 2017.

Alternative options:

  1. Runner entry has automatically been moved to the rescheduled date. However if this is not now convenient then here are other options.
  2. A full refund.
  3. Transfer entry to a relative/friend/colleague. We would need their details, and an email from them agreeing to our terms & conditions, declaring they are fit to run and will be taking the place.
  4. Finally, the option to defer the place to another one of our races of the same value.

KP Events offers its very sincere apologies to all parties affected by this decision, it is something that we have very reluctantly had to do but it has been unavoidable given the circumstances we found ourselves in.

Please go to the Terms and Conditions page on our website for further information.

Event – The Lichfield Half-Marathon – 7th May 2017

The Lichfield Half Marathon – Sunday the 7st May 2017

You can ENTER THIS EVENT now.

Event starts in 1 month, 8 days, 16 hours, 16 minutes, 4 seconds

  • START TIME: 10.30am.
  • STARTS AT: King Edward VI School, Upper St. John Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire.
  • FINISHES AT: Stowe Fields. Lichfield.
  • ENTRY FEE: £25 Affiliated/Club Runner/ £27 Non Affiliated Club Runner.
  • INSURANCE: Full Public Liability.
  • GOODIE BAGS: for all finishers.
  • TROPHIES to first 3 men and first 3 women.
  • Refreshment stations will situated at several places around the course.
  • The race will use chip timings.

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Event – Mercia Duathlon – 17th Sept 2017

KP Events is pleased to announce that the date of its first ever Duathlon is Sunday September 17th 2017.

Event starts in 5 months, 18 days, 16 hours, 16 minutes, 4 seconds

You can ENTER THIS EVENT now.

  • Entry fee: Standard £30, affiliated £25.
  • Min age: 15.
  • Closing date: 10th Sept 2017.
  • Type: This is a 5k run, 20k bike, 5k run event.
  • Surface: Multi terrain for run. Bike on road.
  • Town: Aldridge.
  • Region: West Midlands.
  • Profile: Fairly flat.
  • Refreshment Places: Transition.
  • Prizes: 1st 3 men, 1st 3 women. Medals to all finishers.

Why The “Mercia” Duathlon?

The ancient kingdom of Mercia covered the area which now includes present day Staffordshire, West Midlands and North Warwickshire. The capital of this ancient kingdom was Mercia hence the new event title.

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Event – Tamworth 10k – Sunday 8th October 2017

The Tamworth 10k is on Sunday 8th October 2017 and will start and finish in the beautiful grounds surrounding Tamworth Castle and will wind its way through the grounds and out into the town, then follow a canal section in Fazeley, before returning to the Castle Grounds. The Tamworth 10k was voted 4th best 10k in the UK by Runners World in 2013 as it’s scenic but mainly flat 5k loop course takes in some of the town’s best scenery with its start and finish set in the popular Castle Grounds leisure facility with its gardens, sports amenities, walkways and cafe.

Event starts in 6 months, 9 days, 16 hours, 16 minutes, 4 seconds

You can ENTER THIS EVENT now.

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Directions…

  • Tamworth Castle Pleasure Grounds: The Holloway, Lady Bank, Tamworth B79 7NA, GB from M42 Junction 10 (Tamworth Services) take the A5 North to Tamworth A51 Junction. At Ventura retail Park go straight on at the roundabout towards the town centre and Follow the event signs. From the A38 take the A5 South to Tamworth A51 Junction. At Ventura Retail Park go straight on at the first roundabout and follow event signs.
  • Public Transportation: Nearest railway station – Tamworth. Tamworth station is well served by trains from London and the north-west with London Midland. Book online at http://www.londonmidland.com and you’ll pay no booking fees or postage. The station is just a 10 minute walk from the castle.
  • Parking: There are a number of car parks in Tamworth town centre. The brown Tamworth castle signs direct drivers to the Jolly Sailor car park. This is a large long stay car park with coach park facilities. It is a short 5-7 minute walk through the castle grounds to the castle. The short stay Holloway car park is a smaller car park but closer to the castle, it is located on Silver Street. Please use these car parks and do not park on the local streets. Some parking is free and some is pay and display so the advice is check the signage before you leave your car!!!
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