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Just 55 steps as world's shortest fun run takes place in Burntwood

It was conquered by all-comers, aged from three to 93, with finishing times ranging from seven to 55 seconds.


This was the first and last fun run around the country's smallest park and hundreds turned out in glorious sunshine to tackle the tiny course.

Organisers of the event at Prince's Park in Burntwood now face an anxious wait to see if they have secured a place in the Guinness World Record books for the shortest fun run.

A huge inflatable start-finish line was installed and almost dwarfed the park, which was created in 1863 but features just three trees and a bench. Kevin Wilson, from KP events which organised the fun run, said 390 people completed the route.

Mr Wilson came up with the idea of the fun run after researching the 'world's smallest park' on the internet. The father-of-two from Whittington, near Lichfield, caused a stir after he labelled the current claimant – Mill Ends Park in Portland – a 'glorified flower pot'.

Mr Wilson said: "We had a good turnout and they all got going around the park – which is just 55 steps in total."

He said the run raised funds for the We Love Lichfield community charity.

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