Knowle Fun Run 2023

XX May 2024

Now is the time to start preparing for the Fun Run

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Fun Run Details

Knowle Fun Run 2023 Route

Individuals Competitions

Team Competitions


As recent years the finish line for the 400 metre KIDSruns will be close to the big start arch, enabling parents to re-join their children easily.

Once again we shall have separate runs for pupils in each of school years 1, 2, 3 and 4. YEARS AS PER MAY 2024.

We ask you to enter your child’s details online and indicate your approval for them to take part Year 2, 3 and 4 runners must choose when entering if they wish to compete in their KIDSrun, or the 5k Fun Run. If choosing the 5k you will pay the Junior rate. Adults must accompany Year 2, 3 and 4 5k runners all the way around the course.


Entry fees 

KIDSrun   £5

Fun Run 

T-shirts KIDSrunners free ** If registered by May 10th.

Safety and Parking

On the Day

Sponsors & advertisers

The Lions and all our helpers give our time freely, but the costs of organising the Fun Run increase every year. Our aim is that sponsorship, in kind or otherwise, and programme advertising, will cover all the costs of staging the Fun Run, enabling us to assure runners that every pound of entry fee and sponsorship they raise will go to the nominated charities 

Fun Run programme

Around Easter each year we deliver 7,000 copies of the Fun Run programme free of charge to homes throughout Knowle,  Dorridge & Bentley Heath. Advertising rates start from as little as £70. Copy is required by end of February.


We thank our sponsors for so generously supporting our community event. It's never too late. There are always further sponsorship opportunities available from as little as £100, or in kind, allowing your company to gain a high profile being seen to be associated with one of Solihull’s most successful charity fundraising events.


Every year we need over 80 volunteers to help marshal the traffic and runners - can you help us? All we ask is that you come along to the briefing one evening and commit now to give up a couple of hours on Fun Run day. Please get in touch and let us know. If you are running your friends or family may like to get involved. How about getting involved in organising the Fun Run? It can be really rewarding when it all goes well. Please get in touch and let us know.

Run for charity

This year we have decided not to have partner charities and to raise funds for much needed causes which have suffered during the pandemic.  

If you know of a worthy cause, please get in touch. Got your own favourite cause? We encourage all runners to raise money for our charity partners, however, if you prefer you may raise sponsorship for charities other than those It is important you: 

We welcome participants raising funds for your charity. Charity fundraisers please feel free to promote our events to your supporters. Please let us know if you do, so we can work together to maximise your take.

Provisional Timetable

Get Fit to Run

Here are several ways you may like to improve your ability ahead of this year's Fun Run 9 week Couch to 5k programme Download an app from the BBC 5 week Couch to 5k programme If you have not run more than 2 miles or 20 minutes before, and want to do your own thing - why not follow this 5 week programme. But first make sure you are wearing the correct footwear and clothing, even for training Always enjoy your runs. Try and find parkland or canal paths, or follow the Fun Run course, if possible.

Fartlek is a Swedish word meaning speed play. This involves running, walking & jogging various speeds for short distances i.e. an interval training session Jog is running at a slow comfortable pace Easy Run is at a pace slightly faster than a Jog Steady Run is running at a pace where you work hard and push yourself a little so that you get slightly out of breath and thus breath harder.

Familiarise yourself with the course See how you get on up the Longdon Road hill!

Just started running? Parkrun is a family friendly, FREE (not for profit), weekly, timed 5km run/walk/jog open to all ages and abilities. Our events take place every Saturday at 9 a.m. in Brueton Park, Solihull, and 21 other locations within parkrun's West Midlands region. Parkrun is a great way to get into running and is ideal Knowle Fun Run preparation for both the novice and seasoned athlete. Taking part is easy – just register in advance at parkrun before your first ever parkrun.Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there! With 22 parkruns in their West Midlands region alone, there is bound to be one near you.

Kids Run Free is a charity that organise free, fun regular events in parks around the UK. These events are open to all children under 16 and are tailored to suit each age group. So, whether your child is a budding Olympic athlete or is just finding their running legs, there’s something to suit. Bentley Heath Park, Widney Road, Solihull, B93 9BH; Olton Jubilee Park; and Kings Heath Park. 9.00am – arrive 8.45am for warm-ups. The charity also organises Marathon Kids, an exciting programme that gives primary school children the opportunity to run or walk the distance of up to four marathons throughout the school year. The programme emphasises personal achievement. It aims to inspire and empower children of all fitness levels to set and achieve goals. Running is free, full of health benefits, and requires little to no equipment. And running a marathon is recognised by all as a huge achievement.

Or why not try the internet to find yourself a local Jogging Buddy ? 'Solihull Active' More Active, More Often - For all the information on sport and physical opportunities available to you in Solihull, visit

Course and road closures

This year the route will remain unchanged from last Fun Run in 2023. 

There will be 2 water stations but please remember to bring a bottle to carry yourself.


The Knowle Fun Run has been running for over 35 years with an exemplary safety record. Let’s keep it that way.

The Police and Solihull Council require that runners and traffic should not share the roads at the same time during the Fun Run Between 11:45 am and 2:00 pm all traffic entering Knowle, from all directions, will be subject to a diversion Movement of vehicles in, out or within the Fun Run zone will be prohibited During this time you should make preparatory or alternative arrangements as appropriate Click on the map to see which roads will be closed and the location and direction of the diversions. These have been kept to an absolute minimum to limit disruption and inconvenience for residents. All have been agreed with the Police and Council During the period of road closures our local bus services will be using the designated diversions which are shown on the attached map. Full details are available on We recognise that residents, businesses and visitors alike may be inconvenienced during the run. We apologise in advance for this. We shall re-open the roads just as soon as it is safe to do so. If you foresee issues or difficulties arising for you from these arrangements contact us now and we will get back to you as soon as practical.