The University of Birmingham is hoping 2018 will be one of the most active years yet for Edgbaston Campus staff, students and alumni.

That's because the University is aiming to have an incredible 800 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K on Sunday, May 6.

UBSport amassed 400 runners at last year's 10K and has set the target to double that amount at this year's event.

More than 100 people have already signed up to join the UBSport team for this year and the offer to join the team is open to staff, students and anyone with a connection to the University. The team is all-inclusive and features walkers or runners of all ages.

UBSport runners will be given their own starting wave at the 10K on Sunday, May 6, along with a special edition blue t-shirt.

The University's sports department is creating a selection of bespoke training plans for the 10K and the ‘Cool Runnings' club holds weekly training sessions at various locations across the Edgbaston campus, including a weekly free-to-enter timed 2K or 5K run at the Vale Village.

Great Run Local (Vale Village) is organised by volunteers from Cool Runnings and provides a safe and fun environment to build up distances slowly. The run starts every Sunday at 10.30am and is suitable for all ages and abilities, as well as an ideal opportunity to meet other runners enjoying the scenic route around the lake. 

The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K starts in the city centre before taking in sights such as the Selfridges building, Cannon Hill Park and Edgbaston Stadium, before returning to the city centre to finish in front of thousands of cheering spectators.

The event has music at its heart, with energetic warm-ups and start waves for 80s, 90s, 00s and today's music, while its Walking Wave is growing in popularity with hundreds expected to sign up to walk with friends.

Ali Lee, University of Birmingham Sport, Participation Officer, said: “We are really excited to be partnering up with the Great Run and our charity 10,000 Lives this year. It's fantastic to have an event that is so inclusive and enjoyable – and we want to encourage as many people as possible to sign up.

“It really doesn't matter how experienced you are, even if you have never run before or you have completed several marathons – walk, jog or run, we want everyone to participate.

“And by running for Team UoB and fundraising for 10,000 Lives, each runner could really make a difference, which is so exciting.

“Last year the atmosphere was amazing, and we expect this year to be bigger and better. Please do go online now and enter for our team!”

To find out more about the UBSport team click here.