Big race training – far from rubbish

By on 22/09/2009 in News


Birmingham City Council's Strategic Director of Environment and Culture Sharon Lea enjoyed a training session with a difference as she stepped up preparations for the fast approaching EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon.

She joined members of the city's fleet and waste management team who are also running the October 11 race, on their early morning rounds.

The workout saw Sharon don safety footwear and hi-visibility overalls to remove black sacks of mixed rubbish, empty recycling boxes, and collect green garden waste for composting.

And afterwards she said: “It was very different to the training I've been doing in the lead up to the marathon but believe me it was no less tiring than a long distance run and I now realise just how fit our guys have to be.

“Many council departments will be represented in the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon, and it's great to see so many members of our fleet and waste management team in training. Having seen their daily workload I'm sure they'll have the stamina required.

 “Last year's EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon was a huge success and, with over 10,000 people already signed-up, the 2009 event is going to be bigger still.

“Fleet and waste management will be well represented on the day and then other members of the team will immediately spring into action with the clean up operation once the event has drawn to a close.”

The closing date for entries for the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon has been extended to September 25 to cope with a higher than expected number of entrants.

With less than a week to go before the entry deadline, over 11,500 runners have already signed up for the Race Against Climate Change, which takes place immediately after the IAAF/EDF World Half Marathon Championships, in which around 200 elite athletes from 50 countries are expected to compete.

The route will take runners in both events from Paradise Circus in the city centre, past Bull Ring and Edgbsaton Cricket Ground, through Cannon Hill Park, to Cotteridge and Selly Oak, along Pershore Road and back into the city centre, finishing on Broad Street.

The deadline for entries to the Birmingham Half Marathon has been extended to 25th September.

To enter the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon, log onto

Entry costs £23 or £21 for members of athletics clubs, students and the over-60s, plus an online entry fee for each entry. There is a minimum age of 17.


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About Birmingham City Council

The EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon will be organised by Birmingham City Council.
Birmingham is a World Class Sporting City and has staged more international and national sports events than any other UK city.

Birmingham City Council organises a huge variety of events every year and the city has an excellent reputation for staging great events and sporting championships.

About EDF Energy

The combination of EDF Energy and British Energy forms one of the UK's largest energy companies. The new EDF Energy is the UK's largest producer of electricity and the largest generator of low carbon electricity in Britain. Through Our Climate and Social Commitments we have launched the biggest environmental and social packages of any UK energy company.

We produce around one-fifth of the nation’s electricity from our nuclear, coal and gas power stations, as well as combined heat and power plants and wind farms. We provide power to a quarter of the UK's population via our electricity distribution networks and supply gas and electricity to over 5.5 million business and residential customers.
The company is a key player in national infrastructure projects including management of private electricity networks serving four London airports and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the country's first major new railway in 100 years and has published plans to build up to four new nuclear power stations in the UK.

EDF Energy and British Energy together employ nearly 20,000 people at locations across the UK. EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe's largest power companies.

EDF is the official energy utilities partner and sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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