13 Apr

Running Tribute To A Birmingham Legend

runners at the Ronnie Bowker 10K

It was a day to remember for runners, supporters and marshals who celebrated the life and works of Ronnie Bowker, a Black Country legend who's legacy continues to benefit the local community.

This small but perfectly formed race took place on Sunday 10 April at Cannon Park, Birmingham with medals for all finishers and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female. Runners completed two 5k loops around the grounds of Cannon Park and had the added bonus of dry, sunny weather.
 
Orlando Corea of Birchfield Harriers won the race in 32:59, achieving a season's best and setting a new course record. Thomas Beasley of Birchfield Harriers was second in 33:07 with fellow clubmate Jonathan Goringe taking third in 33:14. First lady was Jen Twine in 46:03 followed by Kerry Allen in a time of 46:30. Hannah Stokes came third in 46:38.
 
There were 136 runners in total: 86 men and 50 women who ran to support a worthwhile charity. 
 
Ronnie Bowker was a respected businessman and charismatic individual who made a positive contribution to the community, in particular the arts, sport and corporate social responsibility.  He stepped down from his role as senior partner at Ernst & Young due to ill health and sadly, passed away in 2010. The EY Foundation Ronnie Bowker was set up to provide support to community groups across Birmingham and the Black Country.
 
Photo courtesy of Ben Clarke, Ronnie Bowker Foundation