Lily Mae launch Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run

Balsall Common Festival Fun Run
Balsall Common Festival Fun Run

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


Balsall Common Fun Run is co-ordinated by the Lily Mae Foundation
Balsall Common Fun Run is co-ordinated by the Lily Mae Foundation

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 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 @ <=== 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 <=== remove spaces to send &nbs; 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).


    Unity Coventry - Fun Run Event Partner
    Unity Coventry – Fun Run Event Partner

    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 @ <=== remove spaces to send   [caption id="attachment_21690" align="alignleft" width="300"]Main Fun Run Sponsor - Hollywood Monster 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:






    Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run in the offing


    Preparations for Balsall Common’s first official Fun Run – which forms part of the Balsall Common Festival celebrations in September – are well underway and organisers are gearing up for official announcements to be made very soon.


    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:


    “We’re delighted to have the support of Balsall Common based charity The Lily Mae Foundation, who are leading the effort to stage the run. The Fun Run for older participants gets underway at midday at the Heart of England School, while mini-Fun Runs for younger children will take place at our main Festival site at The Lant on Meeting House Lane from around 3pm.”



    The Lily Mae Foundation have put in an enormous amount of work behind the scenes to mke 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.”


    Unity Coventry - Fun Run Event Partner
    Unity Coventry – Fun Run Event Partner

    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 Coventry (formerly Carstins) and Main Fun Run sponsor Hollywood Monster.


    The main Festival – also being held on Saturday 20th Septembers – has won major backing from Main Sponsor John Shepherd Select & Select Lettings, Advertising Partners Acorn Printing Ltd and official Entertainments and Event Partners Nailcote Hall.

    “Thanks to the backing of these major sponsors and more, with more hopefully to come, we can plan to make this yea’rs bigger and better than ever before. We’re well on our way to achieving this already, but are still keen to find more help.”


    Details of how to enter the Fun Run will be announced soon.


    Anyone looking to help with Fun Run and Festival activities or help with sponsorship is encouraged to contact Festival Chairman Craig Burgess in the first instance to learn more:


    Email: craig.burgess.emails @ <=== remove spaces to send email


    Keep coming back to BalsallCom.Com for regular Festival and Fun Run event updates.




    Blues Brothers entertain at school Winter Fayre

    Matt Corrall and Carl Stokes - Blues Brothers for the Day
    Matt Corrall and Carl Stokes – Blues Brothers for the Day

    John Shepherd Select and Select Letting boys Carl Stokes and Matt Corrall were the centre of attention in Balsall Common when they became the Blues Brother for the day with help from their friends at Carstins.


    Matt Corrall explains:


    “We knew they had the car so we asked if we could rent it.”


    “You can’t rent it. But we can give it to you.” they replied. “So that was it, us with this car with the sound system attached to it. We bet everyone loved us around the village that day, but it was a lot of fun.”

    Carstins supplied the car whilst Matt and Carl took to the streets with their Police Car, before visiting Balsall Comon Primary School to entertain the kids.