A local and international athletics legend will be joining thousands of runners on Sunday (1 May) at the Great Birmingham 10K. Handsworth-born distance runner Ian Stewart has entered this popular race to mark his return to road running and with a few friends from north of the border to keep him company.
Birmingham’s Own Flying Scotsman Signs Up For 10K
This 67-year old former European, Commonwealth and Olympic champion boasts an impressive pedigree, with a string of successes in cross-country and on the track. One of his greatest triumphs was winning the 5000m at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh; a victory that ensured his place in the Athletics Hall of Fame.
The spirit of competition is a hallmark of the entire Stewart clan with his brother and sister winning European indoor athletics titles in their own right. His daughter Rachel has inherited the running gene, signing up for the Great Birmingham 10K along with her father.
Ian will be accompanied by several runners from the Tartan Army – a group of fans who travel the world, participating in various events whilst supporting Scottish athletes at the same time. Not forgetting friends from Birmingham City Council and Lord Mayor Ray Hassell, all of who are trying to promote Birmingham as a running powerhouse.
Ian, the former Head of Endurance at UK Athletics, is an active supporter of Birmingham’s mission to become the European Capital of Running, citing its athletics heritage, large number of running clubs and parkruns. This is part of a larger campaign by the city to encourage the population to get fit and active by taking up physical activities such as running.
Ian Stewart’s goal is to complete rather than compete but this renowned athlete may pull a sprint finish out of the bag.
There are limited places available in the Great Birmingham 10K. For more information, visit the Great Run website.
Photo courtesy of Great Run.