So here we are, after months of recruitment and preparation, the Birmingham Half Marathon is just 2 days away! We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to our run campaign and this year will be bigger and better than ever with 455 runners representing Team Cure Leukaemia. Runners from all over the West Midlands will take to the streets of Birmingham including former patients, patient’s families, our very own Specialist Nurses and teams representing our corporate partners such as Deloitte, Pinsent Masons and OGL. We also have a team of 21 Fire Fighters….that should make standing out in the rain on a Sunday morning much more appealing, well for the ladies anyway!
For those of you who have been following our campaign on Twitter and Facebook, you will know that we have been encouraging everyone to get into the competitive spirit with our Head2Head Challenge, splitting our runners down the middle into Team Red and Team White, led by our captains Jonathan Trott and Glynn Purnell. Well it certainly did the trick! The banter between the teams has been non-stop since our runners received their red or white running shirts, no more so than in the Cure Leukaemia Office where our very own CEO James McLaughlin (Team White) and Projector Co-ordinator Joe White (Team Red) will be going Head2Head! This is Joe’s first Half Marathon in comparison to James who has completed 3 marathons and 11 half marathons! Still, he remains positive giving as good as he gets and full of fighting talk! Obviously, I couldn’t possibly choose between them, so I will just wish them both lots of luck and we’ll see you at the finish line for a well-deserved drink!
So as the excitement builds, it’s time to get ready for action. So whether you’re Team White or Team Red or simply coming along to cheer our runners along, we’re looking forward to seeing you Sunday and can’t thank you enough for your support and dedication to Cure Leukaemia. If you can’t make it, then you can still donate at www.justgiving.com/teamcureleukaemia. We are hoping to raise in excess of £100,000 which will fund more specialist nurses who will deliver much needed treatments to leukaemia patients across the West Midlands.
See you Sunday….oh and don’t forget your waterproofs!
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