Olympic gold medallist Lily Owsley is the official starter for Bud’s Run, a charity 5K event on Sunday (9 Oct) at the University of Birmingham. Lily Owsley is a member of the victorious Team GB women’s hockey team who won gold at the Rio Olympics. Now studying sports science at the University of Birmingham, she is backing the third outing of this event, held to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.
Bud's Run includes a fun run for kids, spot prizes, sports massage, refreshments and beer! With additional support from elite athletes Sara Treacy and Alison Leonard who will participate in an informal Q & A session afterwards.
University of Birmingham athletics coach Bud Baldaro dreamt up this charity run to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK. The well-respected and highly influential coach has worked with UK and international elite athletes, guiding them to success on the road, track and cross-country. Based at the university as an endurance coach for the last 10 years, he has made a significant contribution to athletics in this country.
Bud was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009 and has used his passion for running to fund research into this condition. His fundraising efforts have received support from athletics stars past and present including David Moorcroft, Steve Cram, Paula Radcliffe, Luke Gunn and Hannah England.
Up and Running Birmingham, Waitrose and Carillion are official sponsors for this family-friendly 5k in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Up and Running store manager Aidan Wheeler said: “We are proud to be a supporter of Bud’s Run 2016 and as a company, value the contribution the event makes to the local running community whilst raising funds and awareness for an important charity.”