October 2nd, 2017
50 reasons the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K is breaking new ground
The Bank Holiday Sunday, April 30 event is shaping up to be very special for a great reason
Fifty first time runners have been especially selected to run the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K .
Some of the team barely walked, let alone run, before they were chosen to take part in the event, which is expected to attract around 7,000 runners on Sunday April 30.
They have been training for six months.
The new runners have been chosen from the RunBirmingham Couch to 5K group.
During their regular sessions they have gone from weight loss to fitness, from friendship to fulfilling a sense of adventure.
RunBirmingham is a city-wide project helping inactive people to improve their health which offers a variety of running sessions over various distances aimed at all abilities.
It is a joint initiative – between the city council, Sport England, England Athletics and the Great Run Company, organisers of the Great Birmingham 10K.
RunBirmingham Project Manager Ian Mackenzie, said: “RunBirmingham’s runners are tremendous.
“Our first-time 10k team includes people who hardly walked, let alone ran, six months ago.
“It’s great to see people achieving their goals; both in running and in increasing their health and wellbeing. The RunBirmingham family will be out in force to cheer everyone on.”
Sabeen, of the RunBirmingham Handsworth group, said: “It was a game-changer when I completed my 5K run before the nine-week target. This has inspired me to run the 10K run.
“If it wasn’t for RunBirmingham providing opportunities like these, I would still believe that I was not capable or fit enough to achieve this.”
How you can join RunBirmingham
RunBirmingham groups are free of charge and suitable for anyone aged 14 and over.
You can see the schedule of sessions city-wide by clicking here
All about the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K
The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K is accessible to all levels of ability, whether you walk, jog or run the route.
The popular event has music at its heart with different music era start waves and warm-up sessions, plus bands and musicians along the route.
It will be televised live on Channel 5 between 10am and noon on the 30th April.
For those looking for a bigger challenge, the 10K is also a great training run in preparation for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon or the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon to be held in the city in October.
This year’s 10K features the Commonwealth Games challenge, which is aiming to highlight Birmingham’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026.
Runners from as many Commonwealth nations as possible are being sought to represent their countries and make the 10K a truly international event.
Applicants interested in representing their Commonwealth nation or territory should apply via a dedicated email address, commonwealth@and be able to confirm they are a passport holder or born in the relevant Commonwealth nation.
To enter the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K, visit here