Firms line up for the Great Run

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

MID­LANDS com­pa­nies of all shapes and sizes are count­ing down to this week­end’s Sim­ply­health Great Birm­ing­ham Run Busi­ness Chal­lenge.

The Busi­ness Chal­lenge is a pop­u­lar fea­ture of the city’s an­nual half marathon and spring Great Birm­ing­ham 10k as firms com­pete for fastest-time tro­phies in the cor­po­rate world.

This year’s Great Birm­ing­ham Run, which takes place on Sun­day, has at­tracted more than 11,000 in­di­vid­ual en­trants with the event re­turn­ing to its spir­i­tual home of Broad Street in the city cen­tre.

The 13.1-mile course will start in the fa­mous street and then head down Lee Bank Mid­dle­way be­fore tak­ing in Bournville, Cad­bury World, Can­non Hill Park and Sel­fridges be­fore reach­ing the fin­ish line in Jen­nens Road.

The route should suit those hunt­ing a per­sonal best as the new-look course is largely flat.

Olympic bronze medal­list, Katharine Merry, has backed the 34 em­ploy­ees from Deutsche Bank’s Birm­ing­ham of­fice who have signed up to take part in the Busi­ness Chal­lenge.

The teams will be rais­ing funds for Cure Leukaemia, one of Deutsche Bank’s cho­sen char­i­ties for 2018, as they strive to col­lect £50,000 to fund a spe­cial­ist months.

Ms Merry, who won 400 me­tres bronze at the Syd­ney Olympics in 2000, met some of the Deutsche Bank run­ners at at the bank where staff were en­cour­aged to do­nate a day’s salary to Cure Leukaemia and its other char­ity of the year, Rays of Sun­shine.

She said: “This mes­sage is sent with re­search nurse for 12 loads of luck to all those tak­ing on the Sim­ply­health Great Birm­ing­ham Run.

“Hav­ing run a half marathon my­self, I know how daunt­ing it is and for those rep­re­sent­ing Deutsche Bank and run­ning for Cure Leu- kaemia ‘thank you’. You are rais­ing valu­able funds and chang­ing peo­ple’s lives.

“The feel­ing of joy and the sense of achieve­ment you will have af­ter you fin­ish is bril­liant.

“En­joy tak­ing part in a fab half marathon in a fab city.”

A team of 20 from ac­coun­tancy firm RSM in Birm­ing­ham has signed up to en­ter the Great Birm­ing­ham Run for the first time.

The team, based at St Philips Point in Tem­ple Row, will be run­ning for lo­cal char­ity Acorns which pro­vides spe­cial­ist care ser­vices to young peo­ple with life-lim­it­ing or life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions.

Team cap­tain Edd Pryce said: “There is a grow­ing buzz around the of­fice in the build-up to the run and we have had huge sup­port for our cho­sen char­ity Acorns. “We can’t wait to com­pete against the other busi­nesses and it is great to raise money for such a great char­ity.

“Acorns is one of RSM’s fan­tas­tic au­dit clients and we all feel very proud to be sup­port­ing Acorns in its 30th year, it makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to so many chil­dren and their fam­i­lies when they des­per­ately need it.”

> Katharine Merry with Deutsche Run­ners

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