After the success of the inaugural event last year in which £27,000 was raised for Parkinson’s UK, this October will see the return of Bud’s Run and Bash. The 5k event, which will be held on the University’s Edgbaston campus on Saturday 10 October, is the idea of one of Britain’s most highly respected coaches, Bud Baldaro, who has guided hundreds of middle-distance athletes over a 40-year career.
Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009, Bud has been keen to use his love of running to help fund research into this long-term condition. As with last year, a host of top sporting stars have provided support for Bud and the event, with former 1500m and mile world record holder Steve Cram, a confirmed speaker for the post-race gala dinner.
Bud said: “I was overwhelmed by the support we got last year. Athletes past and present travelled from across the world to join us. One couple even delayed their honeymoon to attend the Bash. Paula Radcliffe flew in from Monaco especially. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we raised over £27 000 for Parkinson’s UK.”
He continued: “Ever since then people have been asking me if we could host another Bash and Run in 2015. So we thought we'd give it a go. Once again we’ll be taking over the University’s Chancellor’s Court and majestic Great Hall. There’ll be more runners, new star speakers, bigger prizes – anything to drum up extra funds to help fight Parkinson’s.”
Open to everyone, the 5K course is traffic-free and loops round the main campus. There will also be spot prizes, a barbecue, and charity market stalls selling cakes and drinks. World Championships 1500m silver medalist Hannah England is one of the many Bud-coached athletes who will be there on the day.
Further information and registration details are available here.