Claire Turner reports on the launch of Balsall Common’s First Ever Fun Run, Co-Ordinated on behalf of the 2014 Balsall Common Festival Committee by local charity The Lily Mae Foundation:
Balsall Common Festival Fun Run – Saturday 20th September
This year sees Balsall Common’s first ever Fun Run co-ordinated by The Lily Mae Foundation as part of the Balsall Common Festival and there are a number of ways you can get involved.
Run: Entries are now open for the 5k and 10k races. If you’re aged 11 or older and would like to sign-up go to www.lilymaefoundation.org/funrun to sign up. There are just 500 places up for grabs so time is of the essence for anyone wanting to be involved. For youngsters in school years 1-6, there will be Mini Fun Runs at the Lant on the same afternoon. There are 150 places available in each of three Mini Fun Runs:
Mini Fun Runs – Years 1 to 6
Years 1 and 2
Years 3 and 4
Years 5 and 6
Marshal: If running isn’t for you, you can always help the event go smoothly and safely for all those involved by becoming a Marshal on the day. To find out more about the role of a Marshal or to volunteer your services please text or call Geoff Heaps on 07960199184 or E-mail him at geoff.heaps @ lilymaefoundation.org <=== remove spaces to send
Deliver: Organisers are seeking volunteers to help deliver Fun Run information. Information is scheduled to be posted through doors during the first week in September. If you can help out please contact Geoff Heaps at email@example.com <=== remove spaces to send
Cheer: If you are along the route it would be great to see you cheering on the runners as they go past. The route takes runners from the Heart of England School, along Gipsy Lane, Holly Lane, then Frog Lane, up Balsall Street to Needlers End Lane, across Station Road then around Kemps Green Road, up Asbury Road and through the Primary School back to the Heart of England (see map).
Sponsor: The Lily Mae Foundation and wider Balsall Common Festival Committee have recorded their indebtedness to Hollywood Monster and Unity Coventry -Carstins for their support for the Fun Run to date. If you would like to sponsor the Fun Run please contact Amy Jones amy @ ajjmarketing.co.uk <=== remove spaces to send
[caption id="attachment_21690" align="alignleft" width="300"] Main Fun Run Sponsor – Hollywood Monster[/caption]
Information for residents
With an event like this it is inevitable there will be some disruption; to allow the run to take place safely there will be road closures around the village on the 20 September (see downloadable route map below).
All households along the route of the run will have information delivered to them in early September including road closure notices. Road closures have been arranged by organisers with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council for the shortest possible time, from 11.30am to approximately 2.00pm and will be well publicised to allow residents to plan their day around them.
Balsall Common Fun Run – Route Map
Your downloable route map is available in a PDF document here:
The 2014 Festival on Saturday 20th September 2014 promises to be the biggest and best ever:
Running Order (all bookings and timings subject to change)
Fun Run (5k/10k)- Heart of England School
12:00 noon – Fun Run starts – Heart of England School
Main Showground – The Lant
12:30pm – Main Festival Showground opens – The Lant (Meeting House Lane)
12:30-13:00 Liam Sawyer – Balsall Common Radio Roadshow
13:00–13:20 Positive Fitness
13:40-14:00 Karl Loxley
14:00-14:20 Official Opening (Lord Mayor) & Fun Run Awards Ceremony
15:45-16:05 Giocoso Saxophone Quartet
17:00-17:10 Balsall’s Got the Voice – Winner’s presentation and performance
17:15–18:00 Andy Bennett (of Ocean Colour Scene repute)
18:00-18:15 Karl Loxley/DJ
Main Stage (Nailcote Hall evening session)
18:15-19:00 Briefcase Blues Brothers
19:15-20:00 Covers Band
20:15–21:00 Addicted to 80’s
13:20-13:40 Animated Dance
14:20-14:40 Mogz & Dogz – dog demonstration
14:45–15:15 Centre Stage – “The Bodenham Romp“
15:20–15:40 Tae-kwondo demonstration with GTUK
16:10-16:40 Centre Stage – “The Bodenham Romp”
Avion Stage & Pop-Up Diner Arena
14:15–14:45 Balsall’s Got the Voice – Semi-Finals (session 1)
15:00-15:20 Giocoso Saxophone Quartet
15:25-15:55 Balsall’s Got the Voice – Semi-Finals (session 2)
15:55–16:15 Karl Loxley
16:20-16:40 Balsall’s Got the Voice – Final (Top 3 acts)
Mini Fun Run Arena – The Lant
15:00 – Years 1 & 2
15:15 – Years 3 & 4
15:30 – Years 5 & 6
1:00pm Heart of England Aeromodellers
3:00pm Dog Show – courtesy of Mogz & Dogz
Kidzone (Marquee sponsored by Balsall Common Bouncy Castles)
1:30pm GTUK – Tae Kwon Do
2:00pm Wiggle Waggle
2:30pm GTUK – Tae Kwon Do
3:20pm Toddler Sense
4:00pm Wiggle Waggle
4:30pm Toddler Sense
Face painters – all day
Spire Parkway Hospital VIP and Healthcare Marquee
Balsall Common Bouncy Castles are one of our key Event Partners and generous supplier of our Kidzone Marquee and other large marquees on the grounds on Festival Day:
The big stage returns again in 2014 courtesy of Event Partners Avion TSL:
Entertainment and Attractions
• Senior Fun Run (Heart of England School) – Lily Mae Foundation)
• Mini Fun Runs (The Lant – Lily Mae Foundation)
• 2 entertainment stages
• Local Music Talent Contest Finals
• Live Music (Andy Bennett from Ocean Colour Scene; Briefcase Blues Brothers; covers band; 80s section)
• Fete and Market (with an allocation of 50 pitches fully subscribed)
• Children’s Entertainment
• Bouncy Castle and Children’s Rides
• Paddy Doyle World Record Challenge (subject to World Record body approval)
• Dog Show (Mogz and Dogz)
• Grand Raffle
• Traditional Festival Refreshments
• Licensed premises
• Hot and cold food
“We’re building on the success of last year’s event, to deliver a similar format, but bigger and better with more stuff, which means more live music, more attractions, competitions, prizes and things to do, to keep everyone entertained.”
“In keeping with our motto, ‘By the Community for the Community’, we have a fantastic cross-community team working on making the Festival a success. One of our early decisions back in January was to look at ways of weather-proofing what is an outdoor event, by staging activities which will happen come-what-may, should the weather prove less than kind on the day. One of our solutions was to stage a Fun Run and the Trustees of The Lily Mae Foundation are doing a superb job leading the effort to deliver Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run.”
Craig Burgess, Chairman.
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The Fun Run will take place on Saturday 20th September, with a start/finish line at Heart of England School, and is currently set to allow runners 5k or 10k options.
Festival Chairman Craig Burgess explains:
“Our Fun Run is being led by Balsall Common based charity The Lily Mae Foundation. The Fun Run for older participants will start and finish on the playing fields at the Heart of England School, while mini-Fun Runs for Primary School children will take place on the main Festival show ground at The Lant on Meeting House Lane from 3pm.”
The Lily Mae Foundation have put in an enormous amount of work behind the scenes to make our first ever Balsall Common Fun Run a reality and deserve an enormous amount of credit. As a team we’re all really excited about bringing something new to the village.”
Event organisers are keen to point out this year’s undertaking would be impossible without the advanced backing of community-minded business owners. Major backers for the Fun Run include Unity (formerly Carstins) and Main Fun Run sponsor Hollywood Monster.
You can enter Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run here:
The Festival’s Main Advertising Partner this year is Acorn Printing, specialists in embroidery and print services, from branded gear and promotional equipment to banners and signs. No job too big or small.
Acorn Printing has its’ heart in the community, having started life in Balsall Common before relocating to an industrial estate next to Tile Hill station after they outgrew their village centre premises in 2008.
Planning for the 2014 Balsall Common Festival on Saturday 20th September 2014 and the cross-community organising Committee are currently recruiting members into their prize draw team. The event organisation overall works to the motto ‘By the community for the community’ and plan to put on a great event which also puts funds back into community projects.
“It’s going to take a big effort from across the whole community to achieve our aims, but we’re delighted with the enthusiasm and dynamism of the many people who are already on board helping us bring this year’s event to life.”
This year’s roster of activities and attractions already includes:
Fete and Market
Bouncy Castle and Children’s Rides
Anyone interested in helping launch, offer prizes or join the grand raffle sales team is encouraged to email the prize draw promoter Danielle Garsia in the first instance
at aforeverhealthyyou @ icloud.com <== do please remove spaces before sending – cunningly added by BalsallCom.Com as an anti-spam measure.
There is sponsorship available to anyone offering up a Top 3 prize. Anyone interested in donating a top prize should talk to event Chairman Craig Burgess to learn more about the associated sponsorship deals on offer:
The Balsall Common Festival is the ever-expanding annual event staged ‘By the Community for the Community’.
The event – which started life as a fete and Party in the Park as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in 2012 – aims to generate surplus revenue to put into community projects.
This year’s plans include a wide roster of entertainments, activities, refreshments and shopping, plus Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run:
The 2014 event offers:
Fun Run (Lily Mae Foundation)
Live music (marquee and main stage)
Fete and Market
Dog Show (with Mogz and Dogz)
If you feel you have skills to offer, organisers will be happy to hear from you. The team is also looking for sponsorship. For anyone interest in getting involved you are invited to contact event Chairman Craig Burgess in the first instance by emailing:
We popped in to meet the team at John Shepherd Select and Select Lettings on Station Road last Thursday as part of work towards a new ‘Featured Businesses’ section, which recognises those businesses making regular major contributions to community life in the area.
John Shepherd Select and Select Lettings are forging a solid reputation for providing major support for community events, clubs and causes and are currently in talks with organisers about renewing their main sponsorship role for Balsall Common’s fete and Party in the Park music-festival in September 2014.
The Station Road team are currently running a January Sale which will see them paying solicitors fees on all instructions received until 31st January 2014. Call their office today on 01676 534 411 to find out more.