While many of us can only dream of having a star from our favourite TV programme join us for a few miles, Wolverhampton runner Ann Fowler will be presented with such an opportunity at the Morrisons Great Birmingham 10K. Ann will be joined by Game of Thrones and Ripper Street actor Jerome Flynn as part of a four leg relay team on Sunday 3 May.
The team are raising funds for the Global White Lion Protection Trust, a registered charity that aims to help the critically endangered white lions of South Africa, and is part of Ann’s 111 miles for White Lions', which will see the 39-year-old mother of two complete 15 runs, including all the UK runs in the Great Run Series.
Flynn, who will also officially launch the race, enjoyed considerable success as part of the duo Robson and Jerome in the 1990s. The actor, who is patron of the WLT, plays the role of Bronn in the popular HBO show.
Ann said: “I had read a number of books about the Trust's founder Linda Tucker and I was really touched by the plight of the lions out in South Africa; I am a keen runner so I decided I would take on the Great Run series to raise the profile of the charity and as much money as I can, to help save them from extinction.”
After the race, Jerome will be meeting fans in the Marmalade Bar & Bistro within the Birmingham Repertory Theatre at 12pm to sign autographs and give them the opportunity to have their photo taken with the star, in return for a donation to the lions.
New to the Great Run Series, the Birmingham event will give runners a choice of musical starting waves to select from. With music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and the 00s, the event promises to bring a party to the streets of the city. More information and entry details are available here.