Keep on Running – Balsall Common style

Running is THE thing to do in Balsall Common this summer! Day and night there are always runners out and about in the village. Interest has been heightened by Balsall Common’s first ever Fun Run on 20 September. Coupled with a newly formed running club for the village, it’s a great time to pull on your trainers and get running.

 

Balsall Common Fun Run Saturday 20 September
Balsall Common Fun Run

 

Entering an event or joining a club are great ways to get started and stay motivated. Or if you are feeling really keen why not do both!

 

It’s not too late to enter the Lily Mae Foundation Fun Run, part of the Balsall Common Festival. Entries are just £13 for the 5k or 10k race. Kids aged 5-10 can enter mini Fun Runs that take place at the Lant on the Saturday afternoon. There will be no entries on the day so do sign up in advance. www.lilymaefoundation.org/funrun

 

 

If you want to train with others, the Balsall Common Running Club meets on Thursdays at 6.30pm and at 9am on Saturday mornings at The Lant (between tennis courts and cricket pitch), Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common. For all the latest information like their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/balsallcommonrunclub

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So what are you waiting for? All you need is a decent pair of trainers and off you go! Let us know how you get on via social media www.twitter.com/bcfest or www.facebook.com/bcfestival

Don’t be bored this summer!

Complete Cricket training

There are a wide range of activities available in Balsall Common to keep kids entertained all summer long. Here are a few of the options:

Journey into Space with Dramarama

Dramarama invite you to come along and have fun creating your own show! From Monday 21 July to Friday 25 July take part in rehearsals, making props and scenery,, practising stage make up, making a video preparing for a performance for family and friends at 7.30pm on Friday 25 July. Continue reading “Don’t be bored this summer!”

Cricket: Berkswell sprinkle stardust on Premier Division title race

Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler stands inside the 'V' formed by team mates around him.  Team mates from left to right: Phil Neale; Tom Lewis; Nick James; Mark Best; James Neale; Tom Milnes; Chris Cheslin; Dave Brignull; Darren Maddy.
Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler stands inside the ‘V’ formed by team mates around him. Team mates from left to right: Phil Neale; Tom Lewis; Nick James; Mark Best; James Neale; Tom Milnes; Chris Cheslin; Dave Brignull; Darren Maddy.

A star-studded Berkswell side containing two former internationals went clear at the top of the Premier Division of the world-famous Birmingham & District League at Meeting House Lane yesterday, despite their game being abandoned due to rain, thanks to bonus points earned whilst dominating their top of the table clash against visitors West Bromwich.

 

Berkswell now stand alone at the head of a league that boasts the best club sides from across Warwickshire, The West Midlands, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

 

Berkswell’s official scorer Trevor Jordan reports on yesterday’s abandoned game:

Birmingham and District Premier League – Premier Division

Berkswell 80-0 (9 points) v West Bromwich Dartmouth 117 all out (5 points) – (Match abandoned)

 

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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 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
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    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 geoff.heaps@lilymaefoundation.org <=== 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 @ ajjmarketing.co.uk <=== 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:

     

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    Victory for Balsall Common Children at Twickenham Rugby Final

    BCPS rugby

    Balsall Common Primary School rugby team are celebrating their 7-1 win at the Aviva Schools Tag Rugby Final which took place on Saturday on the hallowed turf of Twickenham in front of a 81,193 strong crowd.

     

    Boys and girls aged 7 and 8 from the top performing school have worked hard throughout the season with the support of Berkswell and Balsall RFC. 

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