HSBC chief to run Brum half-marathon for char­ity

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE chief ex­ec­u­tive of HSBC in the UK will be run­ning the Sim­ply­health Great Birm­ing­ham Run on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15, to raise money and aware­ness for the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

Ian Stu­art, who had a hip replacement in 2014, will be lead­ing HSBC’s team of 22 Birm­ing­ham­based run­ners in the sec­ond big­gest half-marathon in the UK.

The money raised by Ian will go to­wards HSBC UK’s com­mit­ment to raise £3 mil­lion for Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety and Alzheimer Scot­land dur­ing their three-year part­ner­ship.

HSBC will be com­pet­ing in the Ar­cadis Busi­ness Chal­lenge at the Sim­ply­health Great Birm­ing­ham Run, which sees Mid­lands com­pa­nies of all shapes and sizes com­pete for fastest-time tro­phies and brag­ging rights in the cor­po­rate com­mu­nity.

Ian Stu­art, HSBC CEO UK, said: “My chil­dren think that be­cause I have a ti­ta­nium hip I am the bionic man, but while I have done a fair amount of run­ning be­fore I haven’t gone any­where near half-marathon dis­tance since my hip replacement. This is go­ing to be a real chal­lenge.

“To me, run­ning has not just been a way of keep­ing fit, I have also found it an ef­fec­tive way to clear my head af­ter a stress­ful day or to use that quiet time to think through chal­lenges.

“Ex­er­cis­ing is well-known to help main­tain men­tal health, and it can also be good for those liv­ing with de­men­tia.”

There are cur­rently around 850,000 peo­ple in the UK with de­men­tia. By 2021, it is es­ti­mated that one mil­lion peo­ple will be liv­ing with the con­di­tion.

Com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the Ar­cadis Busi­ness Chal­lenge at next year’s Sim­ply­health Great Birm­ing­ham 10k can sign up at https://www.greatrun.org/greatbi r ming­ham- 1 0 k / busi ness - c hal - lenge

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HSBC UK chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Stu­art is run­ning the Sim­ply­health Great Birm­ing­ham Run to raise money for the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety

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