Spaces running out for the Bupa Great Birmingham Run

By on 24/07/2012 in Deputy Leader, News
Cllr Ian Ward

Cllr Ian Ward

With just over 13 weeks to go until the Midlands' biggest running event of the year takes place, organisers are urging locals to register now if they want to take part, as spaces are fast running out.

A record number of people have already pledged to pound the streets of Birmingham for the 2012 Bupa Great Birmingham Run, on the 21st October, leaving only a few thousand spaces left to be claimed.

The event, which was previously known as the EDF Birmingham Half Marathon, became a Great Run for the first time in 2011.

Jamie Still, race director at event organiser Nova, said: “Last year's inaugural Bupa Great Birmingham Run was so successful that we decided to add an additional 3,000 spaces to this year's event, bringing the total number of available entrants up to 18,000. Even with these extra spaces, the response rate has been significantly faster than last year and we are already more than halfway to capacity.

“The countdown to the big day has now started and as such we're anticipating the final slots will be filled fairly quickly. If there is anyone still intending to put their running shoes on and join in, then now is the time. We are urging people not to leave it too late, as they may be disappointed.”

Birmingham City Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Ian Ward, added: “In just four years this event has established itself as a major event on the running calendar, attracting runners from across the UK. With a record number of entrants expected to take part this year, it further cements Birmingham's reputation as a sporting city.”

15,000 professional and amateur runners took part in the 2011 event, completing personal changes or simply taking an important step towards a healthier lifestyle. The event also raised thousands of pounds for both national and local charities.

For your chance to be a part of the 2012 event visit www.greatrun.org/birmingham.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Nova International

The Bupa Great Birmingham Run is brought to you by a partnership between event organisers Nova International and Birmingham City Council and is sponsored by Bupa.

Nova International, headed by Olympic medalist, Brendan Foster, is one of the UK's leading event management and sports marketing agencies. The company's current brand portfolio also includes some of the biggest running events in the world all based on the Bupa Great North Run, the world's biggest half marathon with over 54,000 entries.

Nova International was established in 1988 and has a strong sporting pedigree. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Nova has established itself as a market leader in the world of sports marketing and event management. For more information please visit www.greatrun.org.

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier, happier lives.

A leading international healthcare group, we offer personal and company health insurance, run care homes for older people and hospitals, and provide workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching, and home healthcare.

With no shareholders, we invest our profits to provide more and better healthcare. We are committed to making quality, patient-centred, affordable healthcare more accessible in the areas of wellness, chronic disease management and ageing.

Employing nearly 52,000 people, Bupa has operations around the world, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and the USA, as well as Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, India, China and across Latin America.

For more information visit www.bupa.com

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