Nine nurses from Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QE) have committed to tackling next month’s Morrisons Great Birmingham Run for Cure Leukaemia. The race, set to celebrate its 8th year, has become one of the most popular in the Midlands calendar with up to 20,000 taking part.
On Sunday 18 October, Kate Rogers, Laura Conway, Jennifer Slater, Rebecca Walker, Kiran Ali, Rachael Cooke, Jaclyn Smith, Mark Everitt and Melissa Magson, who all work on blood cancer ward 625 at the hospital, will raise funds for the charity. Over the last two years, the event has raised over £200,000 for Cure Leukaemia.
Kate Rogers commented: “We’re all really excited to be taking part in the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run! We'll run as a team and get through the 13.1mile course knowing that we will be helping the patients we treat every day. The work Cure Leukaemia support makes such a difference to the lives of blood cancer patients in our region and we are determined to raise as many funds as possible to save more lives. We'd urge people to give what they can as any donation big or small can do so much.”
The Morrisons Great Birmingham Run takes in some of the city's most iconic sights including the Bullring, the Cadbury's factory in Bournville and Edgbaston cricket ground. Last year’s event saw Joel Kimutai finished ahead of pre-race favourites Emmanuel Bett and Thomas Ayeko to take victory in 1:01:39. In the women’s competition, Run Fast’s Polline Wanjiku took top place in 1:10:48, followed by Doris Changeiuwo in 1:11:29 and Linet Masai in 1:11:45.
Entries for the event are still open: registration details are available here.