This year, the people involved in planning the Wester Hailes Fun Run are keen to celebrate Wester Hailes being 50 years old. So we are holding a competition to see if anyone who took part in the original Fun Runs still have their certificates and medals from those days. The very first Fun Run in Wester Hailes was held in 1983 when a 7 mile road race and a shorter 3 mile fun race around Wester Hailes was organised. Haggis the clown and Ernie Plimmer, Wester Hailes best known veteran sprinter opened the event.
The Fun Run quickly became annual event and attracted hundreds of competitors of all ages. By 1985, the serious runners were covering 10 miles! Over the years, the Fun Run continued to appear on an annual basis and was a real community event. Everyone received a medal and they were also given certificates as a record of their achievement. It eventually stopped in the mid-1990s and was sadly missed in the area. After a long gap, it a group of local organisations and residents decided to bring the fun run back in 2012 to see if the great community spirit of the original event could be passed on to the present.
To mark the 50th year of Wester Hailes, the Fun Run Planning Group are organising an exhibition of the old Fun Run photos which will be at Clovenstone Community Centre during and after the Fun Run. We are also holding a competition to see if anyone still has their original medals or certificates. You can enter by sending a photo of yourself with your medal or certificate to the Digital Sentinel. We’re hoping to find some great photos that can be added to the exhibition!
The 2019 Fun Run/ Walk is on Sunday 16th June starting at 10.00am at Clovenstone Community Centre. You can enter via Eventbrite or pick up a paper form from Prospect, Clovenstone Community Centre, the Health Agency, SCOREscotland or the Broomhouse Centre.
Article submitted by the Wester Hailes Fun Run Planning Group