January 29, 2023

Esentepe Fun Run – 2013

We have received more information about the Esentepe Fun to be held on 20th ApriGeorge Roperl 2013 which now gives the route and race lengths, plus other details.  The event is held in aid of Help Those with Cancer Association (Tulips) and is to also mark the memory of George Roper who instigated the first Fun Run and was also a dedicated fundraiser for Tulips..

We are hoping that, with the essential support of both the English and Turkish media, this will be the most successful event ever.  100% of the money raised by the “Fun Run” and associated “Fun Day” due to take place on the 27th April, will go to the Kanser Hastalarina Yardim Dernegi (Tulips) charity.  The exceptional generosity of all our major sponsor’s and donors allows us to remit all the monies raised at the gross level to the Association.

This year, the “Fun Run” day will be divided into three races: 

  • 2K – (for young children and those wishing to do a short course)
  • 5K
  • 10K

The Association held its AGM last Saturday, 26thRaziye Kocaismail (centre) with Grup Umut 2012 January, at the Near East University in Lefkosa.  During the course of her address to the members of the Association, Founder and President, Raziye Kocaismail highlighted the fact that the previous two Fun Runs in 2011 and 2012 were by far the greatest contributors for any single day’s event in the history of the Association.

With the ever increasing pressures on the Association’s continuing ability to support cancer patients of all nationalities within the TRNC, it is absolutely vital that we, the Esentepe Fun Run Committee, continue to try and break our own record in our fund raising efforts to support this wonderful organisation.

To date, our confirmed sponsors are (in alphabetical order):

  • Arriva
  • Carrington Group
  • Cooperative bank (Esentepe)
  • Cyprusscene.com
  • Cyprus Today
  • Dt Seda Serger Dentist
  • Extend Broadband
  • Ian Smith Estate agency
  • Iktisatbank
  • Little Society of Kyrenia (LSOK)
  • Sencag Supermarket (Esentepe)

We are awaiting confirmation from several other major, potential sponsors and will advise you of those as they confirm their involvement with us.


This year we have identified what, we believe to be an ideal route for the 2K, 5K and 10K races.  All three routes are based on the “old shore” road between Carrington’s main office which is co-located with the “Magic bar” and the main junction to Esentepe.  The 2K and 5K run will be based completely on this road and the 10K run the same but with only 40 metres of main road as part of its route.  The main road element of that run will be well policed and separated from passing traffic.

The start times are as follows; 

2K       –  10.00  hrs   (Registration commences at 08.30)

10K     –  11.00  hrs   (Registration commences at 09.00)

5k        –  12.00  hrs   (Registration commences at 09.30)


As previously mentioned in our last press release, we are planning to have a major publicity drive to encourage as many children and older students as possible to participate in the events.    To this end we will be contacting schools, colleges The Victors - 2012and universities with the help and support of the Educational Establishment. In parallel, our publicity campaigns will of course be trying to significantly increase the numbers of adults of all ages participating as in previous years.


There will be several different ways for those wishing to participate in the Fun Run to arrange to get sponsorship forms: 

  • By Email at   esentepefunrun@outlook.com 
  • By telephone on 0533-889 6375
  • By visiting the Tulips stall at the Chateau Lambousa on any Saturday plus other additional locations and days that will be publicised shortly.                                                                               

As previously stated, it is our intention to keep all the media fully informed on an ongoing basis as our plans progress.  We would also like to thank everyone again for all your support and encouragement in our endeavours.

This year’s organisers of the event are Alex Kennedy, Art Watson, Sue Steel, Mike Bezzant, Mary Watson, Les Roper, Laura Kennedy, Sue Tilt and Carole King. Email esentepefunrun@outlook.com  “


A further message is that they are also still looking for good quality The George Roper Fun Day 2012items for our auction to be held on the evening of our Fun Day on 27th April.  Last year’s auction generated significant additional revenue  and we hope to do the same again this year.    Maybe it is time to look at the back of cupboards for those unused items and perhaps unwanted gifts when, as well as making more space, you can add to Tulips’ much needed funds.


The last 2 years have shown what a great event  the Esentepe Fun Run is so it would be marvellous to make the 3rd Fun Run even better and pay tribute to George Roper whose idea it was in 2011 to start this annual event.

By Margaret Sheard

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