December 8, 2023


By Graham Brown

With my wife Trudy, we went along to the Esentepe Fun Run to be with old friends and remember our dear departed friend George Roper 2km startwho founded the Esentepe Fun Run and was a dedicated supporter of Help Those With Cancer Association (Tulips).

We went along to enjoy and support this occasion and we recorded a series of interviews with some of the  participants and Tulips supporters which you can see on our video below. This video is from my Web Site “Esentepe Community” where you can read much more about life in Esentepe by clicking here.

We would like to thank Sue Steel for sharing some wonderful pictures of the occasion which you will also see here and in the slide show below.


The Esentepe Fun Run 2013 started and finished at Magic Bar near Esentepe and was hailed as a success by the organisers.

The runs consisted of 2km for children, 5km and 10km for adults and 168 runners took part in the event.

All three routes were based on the old coast road between Carrington’s main office which 10km startis co-located with the Magic Bar near the main junction to Esentepe.  The 2K and 5K runs were based completely on this road whilst the 10K also encompassed 40 meters of main road as part of its route.  The main road element of that run was controlled by police from Esentepe.

The weather was kind and the sun shone all day and all runners said they enjoyed the old coast road route.

Several ladies brought their stalls of tiles, crafts, cakes, cards and Help Those With Cancer Association  (Tulips) brought their own stalls.

Carrington’s, one of the major sponsors provided a paying bar and food along with music. and Şukru and Burcu Karakaya, Owner/Directors of Carrington Group along with Raziye Kocaismail, President of Help Those With Cancer Association  (Tulips) presented trophies to the winners of all three races and a special trophy to the winner of the fancy dress.

A very special presentation was made to Alex Kennedy and posthumously to George Roper, and accepted by his wife, Lesley, as the founders of the Esentepe Fun Run.  The perpetual Carrington Shield will be presented annually, by the organising committee, to the person or persons who best demonstrate the ethos of the Esentepe Fun Run.

Winners of the Esentepe Fund Run 2913

2km Fun Run 

1st – 227 – Caleb Romans

2nd – 223 – Koray Ibrahim

3rd – 252 – Necdet Numan

5km Fun Run

 1st 47 –Jacob Swanson – 22m.39s

2nd – 13 – Uraz Senturk – 23m.15s

3rd – 277 – Nick Grant – 23.57s

10km Fun Run

1st – 124 – Barry Stoddart – 32m.05s

2nd – 133 – Not known  – 39m.11s

3rd – 83 – Robbie Roper – 45m.22s

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