It’s about giving something back this weekend with a variety of races in the Midlands aiming to raise money for charity. With distances ranging from 5K upwards, there is a race to suit everyone irrespective of age, ability and experience. What they all have in common is a desire to help those less fortunate than themselves.
Saturday (8 October) sees the Birchfield Harriers 10K Trail Poppy Run in aid of the Royal British Legion. This new race starts and finishes at Aldridge Airport in Walsall and passes through scenic woodland trails with a medal for all finishers. There are prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female but no age category awards with the organisers giving out spot prizes to every 1 in 10 runners instead.
North Derbyshire Running Club and Buxton AC host a monthly 5k series of races to help to raise funds for a designated charity. These involve a short, sharp dash around a public park or gardens and are open to runners of all standards.
Staffordshire is playing its part with two races on Sunday (9 October). There is the Katherine House Hospice 10K, set in the pleasant grounds of the Shugborough Estate, Stafford: and the Trentham Gardens Resolution Run for the Stroke Association with a choice of three distances – 5/10/15K.
Parkinson’s UK is another medical charity hoping to benefit from a race via Bud’s Run. This family-friendly 5k run at the University of Birmingham is the brainchild of legendary endurance coach Bud Baldaro who was diagnosed with this disease in 2009. There are bacon baps and beer or coffee and cake for ‘recovery’ plus the opportunity to talk to elite athletes at a post-race Q & A session.
For more information about these and other charity events, visit our race listings section.