Great Midlands Fun Run
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The event began in 2003 with a total of over £40,000 being raised. This was doubled in 2004 to £82,700 and a further £81,800 was added in 2005 before raising £108,300 in the 2006 event. In 2006, 163 charities and voluntary organisations nominated by the participants received money from the event. Over £1,000,000 has been raised for charity since 2003.
It is sponsored by numerous local companies including Cookes Furniture, Central Independent Newspapers Ltd who publish the Sutton Coldfield Observer, Tamworth Herald, Lichfield Mercury and Walsall Advertiser, the Sutton Coldfield Saab Dealerships (Concept Saab) and Essence Design. The minted medal presented to all who complete the course is sponsored by Cookes Furniture.
The route is 8½ miles long and completely tarmacked. It begins in Sutton Coldfield town centre before entering Sutton Park at Boldmere Gate and running for 4½ miles before leaving the park at Four Oaks Gate. Participants then return to Sutton Coldfield town centre to finish at The Parade.
The 2013 event will take place on Sunday 2nd June.