The Virgin Active World’s Shortest Fun Run World Record Attempt held today (Monday May 6th) around the UK’s smallest park – Princes Park in Burntwood, attracted close to 400 people to take part and complete the 55 strides around the circumference in times as quickly as 7 seconds and as slow as 56 seconds, all in aid of The We Love Lichfield Fund.
The one-off event created a lot of interest from a wide audience of people as Kevin Wilson of organisers KP Events explains:
“This idea came out of a notion that where could we stage a fun run that everyone, irrespective age, ability or standard, could take part in; and the idea to run it around the UK’s smallest park was born. We have engaged with our new friends in Portland Oregon, home of the World’s smallest park, Mill Ends Park in Portland, which we call a flowerpot but they insist, as Guinness World Records recognise it – as a park, therefore it is a park. The transatlantic banter has been hugely entertaining.
We now have the job of convincing Guinness World Records that we have set a new record and 400 people, from age 3 months to 93, from pushchair bound to wheelchair bound, from doctor to teacher to secretary to waiter to long distance lorry driver to nanny to pet poodle – have had a bunch of fun setting it!
The weather was perfect, Christ Church next door to the Park threw open its doors to provide refreshments for the crowd and spectators clapped, chanted, whooped and sang to create a fantastic atmosphere, even encouraging 3 tortoises from a house opposite the park to have their own mini fun run!!
News from Guinness will come in a few weeks; they may or may not recognise the World’s shortest fun run at Princes Park, but much fun was had in the attempt and a good amount of money raised for a good cause.
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IN THE NEWS
A big thank you to all involved in the organisation and marshalling of the 2012 Waitrose Lichfield Half-Marathon and Mini-Marathon; and well done to all those that took part.
The full results of the half and mini Marathons are here on our website and also on StuWeb
BECKETT STORMS TO VICTORY
Michael Beckett was victorious in the WAITROSE LICHFIELD HALF MARATHON yesterday, a feat made all the more memorable as it was his first ever race over the distance!
Beckett (pictured) was in a small group of 4 who split off from the main field at around the 5 mile mark but then he broke clear in the last mile and came home to the cheers of the large crowd on Stowe Field. He was very complimentary of the event and how it was organized:
“I’d trained very hard to prepare but I couldn’t believe how well I ran. I’d like to thank all of the organisers, supporters and runners for creating a great atmosphere and coming out on a lovely Sunday morning to make it such a wonderful event.”
First female athlete home was Amanda Deavy (pictured) of Northbrook AC.
Richard Davis (pictured with winning athletes) Department Manager of sponsors Waitrose was delighted with how the event had gone:
“It was good to see the community of Lichfield out in such big numbers, it was a really well organised event with a fantastic atmosphere at the finish on Stowe Field. We hope we can be involved again in 2013 to make the event even bigger and better.”
Kevin Wilson of organisers KP Events was also pleased with the success of the event:
“We were very lucky with the weather which helped but the running community came together with the non-running community to make the day truly special and memorable for all who took part and watched the event. The police were wonderful in helping make it a safe event, and we raised money on the day for the WELOVELICHFIELD FUND which helps a number of good causes in the city – which is brilliant too.”
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GILES HATRICK AT THE LICHFIELD DASH
One of the UK’s top junior athletes Elliot Giles of Birchfield Harriers won a thrilling Salts Techstep Lichfield Dash today in Lichfield just catching 2010 Dash champion James Whitehouse (also of Birchfield Harriers) virtually on the line to snatch the coveted Dash Trophy.
Giles is one of the UK’s top 20 U20 800m runners in the UK this year and big things are predicted of him. He was full of praise for the event and how special he felt the win was for him:
The Salts Techstep Lichfield Cathedral Dash July 16th 2011
James Whitehouse – Birchfield Harriers
Ashley Wickett – Cannock and Stafford AC
Andy Wilson – Unattached
Simon King – Tamworth AC
Chris Hammant – Unattached
Jimmy Watkins – Cardiff AC
Luke Roughley – Tamworth AC
Lillian Sutton – Birchfield Harriers
This is the list of invited athletes for the 2011 Cathedral Dash – which includes the 2010 winner and reigning Dash champion James Whitehouse of Birchfield Harriers (pictured right – centre).
The Lichfield Dash – a KP Events Flagship
The UK’s Most Unique Sprint Event
DATE – It takes place on Saturday the 16th July 2011, part of the Lichfield Festival.
PLACE – Lichfield Cathedral Close
WHAT HAPPENS – The Dash, The Elite Mile plus other races for adults and children, also cycling and displays. See timetable below and also what happened last year.
ENTRY – see timetable below
The Dash starts 7 years, 8 months, 6 days, 21 hours, 53 minutes, 45 seconds ago
Salts Techstep Lichfield Half-Marathon – Sunday 1st May 2011
The first ever SALTS TECHSTEP LICHFIELD HALF-MARATHON drew a field of nearly 1,300 entrants to the city to take in the fantastic spring weather and the sights of Lichfield including its magnificent Cathedral under whose gaze the finish was situated as well as the beautiful rural areas of Whittington and Fradley villages.