A 5km Hilly Fields Fun Run will launch this year’s Brockley Summer Season.
The goal is to attract 300 runners, though up to 500 could take part. The hope is that this will become an annual fixture in Brockley’s calendar, to sit alongside the MAX, the Summer Fayre, Open Studios, Hillaballoo and the Blythe Hill Fesitval.
Event organisers and newly-elected BXAG Trustees, Erin Essex and Rob Taylor, have been working on their plans for a fun run for nearly three years and have recruited a professional race organiser to help make it a reality. The money awarded from the 2007 Localities Fund was a vital piece of the jigsaw, as was the support of the BXAG.
Now, with the funds raised, the necessary health and safety boxes ticked and permission from the Council secured, it’s actually happening.
Speaking at the BXAG Annual General Meeting, Erin said:
“The Fun Run will be a great way to bring the community together and a natural high for runners taking part. All the profits will go towards the Brockley Common project.
“We’ve walked the course in an hour, so pretty much anyone can take part – runners who cross the finish line all get a T-shirt and a medal. Even if you can’t run the course, we’d like as many people as possible to turn up to show their support.
“We’ve already signed up a lot of people, from serious runners to a couple who are planning to run the course in sumo suits. It really is for everyone.”
Given the number of cyclists, joggers and cat-walkers this site can boast among its readership, we hope that a good number of Brockley Central readers will sign up.
The cost of entry is £12, £9 for concessions and free for Under-12s (+£5 for a T-shirt). You can also pick up a registration pack from The Broca coffee shop (4 Coulgate Street, Brockley, SE4 2RW) or register on-line at www.runnersworld.co.uk
The Fun Run is the kind of community activism that Brockley Central likes best. Like the New York Seed Bombers (who decided to turn ugly scraps of land around their neighbourhood in to floral idyll’s with liberal sprinklings of seeds), Erin and Rob had an idea to make something better, decided to do something about it themselves and stuck at it.
Congratulations to everyone, including the team at Lewisham Council, who helped to make this a reality.
We’ll be covering the build up to the Fun Run in the coming weeks.