Keen runners from local building society the West Brom are lacing up their trainers ready to take on the Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge.
As well as the finishing line on Broad Street, the team of 12 also have their sights firmly set on raising money for the Society’s chosen charity for 2016, Teenage Cancer Trust.
The two organisations joined forces earlier this year to help young cancer patients in the West Midlands, including those being treated at specialist Teenage Cancer Trust units at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Northfield.
The West Brom’s PR manager and Business Challenge team coordinator Nick Trueman said: “We’ve had a terrific response from runners across the business who want to take part in this exciting challenge, including colleagues from our branch network and those who work at our West Bromwich head office.
“Some are running their first half marathon, while others are chasing a new personal best time. But one thing we definitely have in common is our determination to raise as much money as we can for Teenage Cancer Trust.
“West Brom staff chose to support this charity ourselves and that means we’re all extremely motivated to play our part and contribute to the Society’s overall fundraising tally.
“It’s a fantastic cause that makes a genuine difference to young people fighting this terrible disease.”
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24.
The West Brom is the country’s seventh largest building society with 450,000 members and 37 branches operating in Birmingham, the Black Country and parts of Shropshire and mid-Wales.
Running for Teenage Cancer Trust and joining in the Business Challenge alongside Nick are Chris Bacon, Lucy Bridge, Vickie Morrall, Megan Edwards, Cheryl Graham, Ruth Holyoake, Rachael Jones, Gareth Madeley, Sam Scott, Chris Yates and Matt Yates.
The Great Birmingham Run is a 13.1 mile race through Birmingham city centre, taking in famous landmarks including the Bullring, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Cadbury’s. This year’s event is expected to attract around 20,000 runners.
The Business Challenge aims to find the region’s fittest and fastest firms and is open to small, medium and large businesses.
Teams must be a minimum of four people and a maximum of eight, but companies can enter as many teams as they want in male, female or mixed-sex categories. Placings are based on the accumulated first four finishing times in each team with trophies handed out to the winning businesses.