Balsall Common Festival helps local causes

Balsall Common Festival
Carl Stokes (John Shepherd Select and Select Lettings) – backed the Festival as Main Sponsor [image courtesy of Bill Fine]
The local community came together in unprecedented fashion on Saturday 20th September for the Balsall Common Festival, with approximately 4000 enjoying the party atmosphere across two sites during the day.


Residents took to the streets from around midday to witness around 475 runners, including former British Rugby Lion Tim Stimpson, participating in Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run. The crowds then flocked to The Lant for the fete, market and Party in the Park, complete with children’s activities and wide range of music and entertainment.
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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 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: