World’s Shortest Fun Run In Aid Of We Love Lichfield


Lichfield-based events company KP Events, best known for organising the Lichfield Half Marathon and the unique Lichfield Cathedral Dash are staging a World record attempt; the World’s shortest ‘fun run’ on Monday 6th May 2013 to raise money for the charity We Love Lichfield.


The World’s shortest Fun Run will take place from 10am onwards and is being staged around the UK’s smallest park, Princes Park off Church Road and Farewell Lane in Burntwood.  There are lots of definitions of a ‘park’ but in essence it must be a fenced open space, not adjoined to a building and be solely used for recreation.  Kevin Wilson of KP Events said he dreamt the idea up after researching the World’s smallest park on the internet.  He said: “Princes Park is a great attraction for the area and I thought it was the World’s smallest park but that honour is taken up by a grassed traffic island on a California freeway!  Princes Park is the UK’s smallest park so this little strip of land would have another honour so we decided to launch a Guinness World record attempt to try and get between 500 and 1000 people to run or walk around it.”


It will only take 55 strides to get around Princes Park in approximately 25 seconds and everyone who takes part will, once verified by the Guinness Books of Records will be a ‘record-holder’.


KP Events are organising the event to raise money for ‘We Love Lichfield’ a new local fund that provides small grants to a wide range of projects based across Lichfield District.  Kevin Wilson said:  “Not only will people become record-holders but they can raise money for our favourite charity, the We Love Lichfield Fund which in only its first two years raised over £150,000 for local projects.”


Simon Price, CEO of famous cutlery firm Arthur Price and a Patron of We Love Lichfield said; “What a brilliant idea…another creative and unusual family fun event to add to the District’s extensive sporting calendar.  I’m delighted that the organisers KP Events have chosen the We Love Lichfield Fund as its charity and I hope that lots of people can take part in what will be, even though only 55 steps, a fun occasion.”


The World’s shortest fun run attempt forms part of a running-themed May bank holiday weekend across the Lichfield District staring with a running exhibition in the Three Spires Shopping Centre in Lichfield city centre on Saturday May 4th from 1pm.  Then it’s the Lichfield Half Marathon on Sunday May 5th starting at 10:30a.m.


For more information about the World’s shortest fun run and to register, visit or contact Kevin Wilson at