Chocolate and running do not usually go together but that was not the case for the Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice 5K. Their Choc 5K proved to be far too tempting for some…
Themed running events are becoming increasingly popular with colour runs, electric runs, zombie runs, Santa runs, glow in the dark runs … and now, a chocolate themed run.
This was the first of three chocolate 5k runs this year with the remaining two in July and September. St Mary’s Hospice in Selly Park, Birmingham hosts this confectionary-inspired initiative to raise funds for their vital services that provide care to people across the area.
The 5k was advertised as a charity fun run with no chip timing, which meant it was not the first choice for runners looking for a PB. However, it still attracted keen runners and chocolate lovers, both wanting an enjoyable event that raised raised money for a worthy cause.
A pre-race warm up raised the spirits and heart rates before the runners set off from Rowheath Pavillion, Bournville, along a flat route passing water and chocolate stations on the way. All finishers received a chocolate medal and an exclusive chocolate pump bag as a memento with the best yet to come – the post-race chocolate buffet. This was a feast for the eyes and the stomach with a chocolate fountain, various other refreshments and a raffle for a chocolate hamper. In addition to this were games and entertainment that along with all the chocolate on offer made for a highly enjoyable and successful day.