Dozens of Midlands companies are eagerly counting down to this Sunday’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge.
The Business Challenge is a popular feature of the October half marathon and spring Great Birmingham 10K, as firms compete for fastest-time trophies in the corporate world.
This year’s Great Birmingham Run has attracted more than 10,000 individual entrants with the event returning to its spiritual home of Broad Street in the city centre.
Runners will be taking part to raise thousands of pounds for good causes, meet personal health goals, or simply take in the city sights; among them the Selfridges building, leafy Edgbaston, Cannon Hill Park and Bournville – home of Cadbury chocolate.
The new and improved route invites runners to push for a personal-best finish to the 2018 running season with a largely flat course through the south of the city.
Olympic bronze medallist, Katherine 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 UK Charities of the Year, with every penny contributing to Deutsche Bank Birmingham’s target of £50,000 in 2018 to fund a specialist research nurse for 12 months.
Merry, who won 400m bronze at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, met some of the Deutsche Bank runners at the recent ‘One Day’ event within the bank when staff were encouraged to donate a day’s salary to the two UK Charities of the Year, Cure Leukaemia and Rays of Sunshine.
The former world number one from Dunchurch in Warwickshire had these words of encouragement for the team: “This message is sent with 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 Leukaemia 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 accountants from audit, tax and consulting 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 the 13.1 mile course for local charity Acorns, which provides specialist care services to young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
RSM 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.”
RSM Partner and Great Run regular, Ian Wall, said: “This is an amazing event in my adopted city, it really does come to life for everyone taking part and really showcases what is brilliant about Birmingham, while also giving a welcome boost to bars, restaurants and retailers. Great Run always get the arrangements just right and the support along the route is incredible!
“In a job like ours, being active is really important to keeping healthy. Edd has encouraged people of all abilities and experience to get involved, the take up for the challenge and the support for Acorns has been truly fantastic.”
SIMPLYHEALTH GREAT BIRMINGHAM RUN BUSINESS CHALLENGE TEAMS
ALTAIR ENGINEERING LTD
BROWNE JACOBSON LLP
CHARTER COURT FINANCIAL SERVICES LIMITED
EUROFINS FOOD AND WATER TESTING UK
J W HINKS LLP
JURYS INN CUSTOMER CONTACT CENTRE & SHARED SERVICE CENTRE
MARKS & CLERK LLP
MOORE STEPHENS LLP
SCOTT BADER COMPANY LIMITED
STEEL & ALLOY GONVARRI STEEL SERVICES
THE ROYAL ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL CHARITABLE FUND
THE BINDING SITE
WESLEYAN HEAD OFFICE