New Charity Partner For Solihull Half Marathon 2019

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For the past 45 years the Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands, has been offering the reassurance of specialist, round the clock care for people in Solihull and Birmingham living with a life limiting illness and their loved ones.

The Hospice on Marsh Lane is a special place that tailors its services to each person’s individual needs. Our Hospice Team includes Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Bereavement Counsellors and many more. We are supported by over 200 volunteers who play a vital role in the running of the hospice. Some of our patients stay in our 24-bed in-patient unit, where relatives and friends can visit any time of the day and can stay overnight with their loved ones. Our Day Therapy Unit offers Outpatient Clinics and a wide range of therapies and specialised support, including groups for patients with specific conditions.

Each year over 2000 people from Solihull and Birmingham use the Hospice and its services. Our local nursing service also visits people in their own homes, ensuring they are comfortable and able to spend their final moments in the place they want to be, surrounded by their loved ones.

We couldn’t do this without our supporters; every day we have to raise £11,300 to cover the costs of the Hospice and its services.

By running the Solihull Half Marathon for your local Hospice you are enabling us to continue to provide this care free of charge for people with terminal illness and their families in the local community.

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CANCELLATION – Xtreme Challenge 2019

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It is with much regret that KP Events have to announce that the 2019 Xtreme Challenge at Catton estate, scheduled for Sunday 10th February will not be taking place and has now been cancelled.

This decision is something that has not been taken lightly, all of us at KP Events enjoy the unique atmosphere generated at this event. However due to exorbitant rising insurance costs for obstacle races, and overall rising costs of venue hire and external agencies, combined with falling entry numbers it is no longer viable to stage this event.

All runners that have entered this event will have a choice of either a full refund or the option to defer their entry to any of KP Events races in the next twelve months, even if that race has a higher entry fee.

Once again we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will be looking at new events for 2020 and these may well include an Xtreme type event or tough cross country race.

Many thanks for your continued support of KP Events.

NEWS – FESTIVE FUN FOR ALL

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KP Events staged the annual Santa Dash on Sunday 9th Dec and saw hundreds of Santas of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities descend on Stowe Field in Lichfield to take on the 2.5k route through the city centre streets.

Shared equally with the stalls and staff manning the city’s Festive Christmas Market and raising money for the Liberty Staffordshire Charity which looks to provide sporting activities and employment opportunities for young people with disabilities. Photographs by Richard Hindsley and Rohan Sahota.

PAST EVENT – Charity Santa Dash – Lichfield – 9th December 2018 10.30 a.m

EVENT – Charity Santa Dash – Lichfield – 9th December 2017 10.30 a.m

UPDATE: This event is now FULL UP.

Sorry but we cannot accept any more entries, we’re up to our limit. Thank you to all that entered and enjoy your morning fun run.

This year’s Santa Dash is a scenic traffic-free 2.5k route around lovely Lichfield. Dress up as Santa and join all our other Santas for the fun event.

KP Events is organising it’s 6th festive fun run in Lichfield through the city on December 9th 10.30am with a start and finish on Stowe Field under the gaze of the city’s magnificent Cathedral.

The run, which follows a 2.5k route through the city centre, is very much about the taking part and dressing up in Santa suits which are provided and running through the city on the same day as the popular Festive Food market also takes place; really adding to the festive fun and frolics on the city streets.

Join us on Stowe Field before and after the Run for carols and other entertainment and meet Father Christmas too as the Charity Santa Run begins the build up to the big day itself!!

RESULTS – Tamworth 10k Oct 2018

RESULTS - Tamworth 10k Oct 2018

BIDDELL BLASTS TO TAMWORTH 10k VICTORY

Lloyd BIDDELL (362) of Mercia Fell Runners stormed home in a new course record time of 31:48 at the Tamworth 10k (October 7th) Castle Grounds in the town, the start/finish venue, was really buzzing on a cool but fine early Autumn day. 2nd place went to Tamworth AC’s Sylvain Letendart (499) in 33:55 with Andrew Wood (511) in third at 34:46.

First female was Emma Peel (687) of Peel Running Club who finished 14th overall in a very quick 38:08 followed by Rachel Burchell (622) in 38:39 with Olivia Harris (524) third in 40:38.

The race in aid of local charity the Stan Bowley Trust saw a record entry for the third year running which delighted Kevin Wilson of organisers KP Events; “Fantastic event today, perfect conditions meant lots of fast times on the flat scenic route, and plenty of smiles at the finish. Brilliant stuff!”

Results from today’s Tamworth 10k are available at www.stuweb.co.uk. Official photographs will be available soon after the event at www.charleswhittonphotography.com.

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EVENT – THE ULTIMATE RUNNING WEEKEND

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overload group imageARE YOU READY TO TAKE ON DERBYSHIRE’S ULTIMATE OBSTACLE COURSE AND #OLDSKOOL CROSS COUNTRY RUN? If you’re ready for a challenge, this is the run for you.

They have terrain that will push you to your limits. Wet muddy ditches to wade through, a variety of natural and man-made obstacle menaces to overcome; OVERLOAD will test the toughest of hardened runners, whilst offering fun and laughter for the not so tough runners.

There’s plenty of entertainment and food available on-site post run, so you’ll be able to swap war stories with your fellow competitors and wear your well-earned medals and scratches with pride.

KP Events have linked with Overload organisers to set up a code to offer our followers discounted tickets for £32.50, a £12.50 saving on the normal price. This is more than we see them offering anyone else.

READ MORE: www.overloadrun.co.uk

To access the special offer use this link: endurancecui.active.com

Then use this discount code on the checkout page: KPSAVE10

PAST EVENT – Tamworth 10k – Sunday 7th October 2018

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PLEASE NOTE THAT IF WE RECEIVED YOUR ENTRY FOR THIS YEARS TAMWORTH 1OK AFTER 8.00PM ON SUNDAY 23RD OF SEPTEMBER 2018 YOUR RACE NUMBER WILL NOT BE SENT IN THE POST AND YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO COLLECT FROM OUR REGISTRATION DESK ON RACE DAY. PLEASE REFER TO THE RUNNER INFO SHEET BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Tamworth 10k is on Sunday 7th October 2018 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.

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NEWS – Worlds Shortest Fun Run – Burntwood

NEWS - Worlds Shortest Fun Run - Burntwood

The 3rd annual World’s Shortest Fun Run around the UK’s smallest park took place in Burntwood (Sunday September 9th) at Princes Park and scores of runners, many fun run first timers, of all ages (6 months to 84) all abilities (none to very little) plenty of fancy dress and zany costumes, dogs of all breeds and colours, babies aplenty too.

Kevin Wilson of organisers KP Events said the day was a roaring success; “It was a fantastic late summers day, the atmosphere was incredible, so much fun and miles of smiles on show. Our event partners Burntwood Town Council helped make it a great event and we’d like to make it an annual event and grow it and convince the Guinness Book of Records to recognise it as a proper World record attempt!”

MORE PHOTOS can be found on our INSTAGRAM account.


Video from the day – credit Queen Bee Films

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Update – Worlds Shortest Fun Run

Update - Worlds Shortest Fun Run

2018-WSFR-02Paul Griffin of organisers KP Events and Cllr Heather Tranter Deputy Leader of Burntwood Town Council visit Princes Park in Burntwood to prepare the smallest park in the U.K. for the forthcoming Worlds Shortest Fun Run (WSFR) at the venue on Sunday September 9th 12.30pm start.

Last held in 2016 the WSFR will once again attempt to set a world record with Guinness Book of Records and Paul of KP Events is once again to attract hundreds of local families, friends, pets and people of all ages to turn up and have a go at the 55 steps distance for the Council’s Charity of choice for 2018.

Staff from David Lloyd Fitness and Racquets Club in Lichfield will be to entertain the runners and spectators alike.

“At the last WSFR in 2016 the youngest runner was 3 months the oldest 93 which says everything about the event. People are in fancy dress, some do run, most walk, some dance round, some tumble round, some do it backwards, some crawl and it doesn’t matter at all how you do it just do it for the Town Council’s Chairman’s own charity good cause. Its actually completely bonkers! Elvis turned up, The Stig was there, lots of princesses and fairies with cricketers and dancers, dressed up pooches and too many fancy dress costumes to count!! It really is a bunch of fun with medals for all to commemorate the day.”

The World’s smallest park recognised by the Guinness Book of Records is Mills End Park in Portland Oregon USA and in 2016 a transatlantic spat broke out when Kevin from KP Events called Mills End Park a ‘gloried flowerpot’ and questioned Portland’s park status as a ‘park’ as it didn’t have a fence round it, didn’t have a bench and it couldn’t be walked round.

With tongues very firmly in it’s cheek Portland Parks Department countered by addressing Kevin’s questions directly and making their park a ‘real’ park. The resulting media interest went viral and global with the World picking up this ‘park wars’ skirmish across the Atlantic!

In 2018 Burntwood Town Council whose ‘patch’ Prince’s Park is situated in have had a replica of it made by a local community group made to the approximate dimensions of Mill’s End Park and it will be officially unveiled to the World on Sunday September 9th before the WSFR begins at 12.30pm.

Kevin explains the significance of the replica: “Our replica of Prince’s Park should now be seen as a rival to the title of World’s Smallest Park and it will be situated inside the UK’s smallest park on September 9th. How will Portland react? Lets see!” Watch this space!!!

Entry for the WSFR is £5 per adult (includes commemorative medal and goodie bag) £2.50 (children aged 4-15) and free for kids aged 3 and under.

People can register on the day and should contact paul@kpevents.net to register their interest with him.

ALL RUNNERS THAT HAVE ENTERED THE WORLDS SHORTEST FUN RUN AFTER THE 5TH SEPTEMBER WILL BE REQUIRED TO COLLECT THEIR RACE NUMBER ON SUNDAY FROM 12.30 ONWARDS

PAST EVENT – World’s Shortest Fun Run – Burntwood 9th Sept 2018

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ALL RUNNERS THAT HAVE ENTERED THE WORLDS SHORTEST FUN RUN AFTER THE 5TH SEPTEMBER WILL BE REQUIRED TO COLLECT THEIR RACE NUMBER ON SUNDAY FROM 12.30 ONWARDS

UPDATE: People can now register on the day and should contact paul@kpevents.net to register their interest with him.

KP Events and their partners Burntwood Town Council are please to announce the 3rd staging of the World’s Shortest Fun Run on Sunday September 9th round the UK’s Smallest Park, Princes Park in Burntwood.

Previously held in 2013 and 2016, this a unique event that really does appeal to everybody of any ability, the youngest ‘runner’ was 3 months and the least youngest 93 at previous events.

All profits will be donated to Burntwood Town Council’s Charity for 2018.

It will take around 55 strides to get around Princes Park in approximately 25 seconds. Everyone who takes part could potentially be a world record holder! Medals to all finishers.

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