If you ‘Wannabe’ in the 90s music start wave at the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K, you need to act fast, as organisers have revealed there are just 100 places left.
Some 7,000 people are expected to sign up for the 10K on Sunday, May 6 – Bank Holiday weekend – which features a walking wave for those embarking on a new challenge.
The event has music at its heart, with energetic warm-ups and start waves for 80s, 90s, 00s and today’s music and it is the 90s wave which has almost sold out.
The 10K starts in the city centre before taking in sights such as the Selfridges building, Cannon Hill Park and Edgbaston Stadium.
Last year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K raised over £1.4 million for local and national good causes, with runners and walkers challenging themselves to new lifestyle goals or fundraise for charity.
Among those taking part in this year’s 10K is extraordinary Kingstanding couple Donna and Daniel Kerr.
Donna is attempting to jog around the 6.2-mile route while pushing husband Daniel, a wheelchair user who suffers from Huntington’s Disease.
And there will be emotional scenes at the finish line as Donna is planning to help Daniel, who turns 50 this summer, onto his feet and support him in walking the final few yards in front of family and friends.
The University of Birmingham will be out in force at the 10K, with a target of 800 runners and walkers of all abilities running for the UBSport team.
Not to be outdone, Birmingham City University is promoting an active lifestyle among its staff and students and aiming to have a team of 400 taking part on Sunday, May 6.
And professional services giant PwC will have a team of 200 participants at the 10K to bid for trophies in the Business Challenge.
The Business Challenge invites teams from the Midlands corporate world to compete for fastest-time trophies with the times of the four fastest finishers from each company collated to pick winning times.