Karen Kilbride will be joining Team CL and taking on The Birmingham Great Run on Sunday 7th May 2023.

The Birmingham Great Run will see our biggest ever team of runners as part of our Co”RUN”ation this May as part of our 20th birthday year celebrations.

The team of runners will take on the brand-new route for 2023 and run past all of the iconic sights in Birmingham.

Karen definitely feels at home in the saddle, having taken part in two previous cycling events for Cure Leukaemia, but this year she’s swapping the bike for some trainers and will be taking on the 10k run in the Birmingham Great Run.


“I’ve never entered a running event.
In all honesty, I’m not a great runner nor do I particularly enjoy it! The most I’ve ever ran (and not very well!) is 5k.
I’d already committed myself to running 5k once a week while the weather wasn’t dry enough for my bike, along with the strength training I do twice a week with my local personal trainer. But I’ll just increase that to 7-8km by early April.
I’ve got torn cartilage in my right hip, so I can’t really do any more than that to prepare (my consultant told me that I shouldn’t be running at all, just cycling! Oh well…). If I have to walk some or all of the 10k, I will do it!”


Karen has been involved with Cure Leukaemia since 2018 in two different cycling events, including taking part in our London 2 Paris cycle ride in 2022, taking on 500km of cycling in just 4 days.


“I’m a cyclist and I’ve taken part in the Velo in 2018 for CL, and L2P in 2022, both of which were just the most amazing events.
I joined Harrison’s Herd for the Velo in 2018 because used to work with Harrison’s mum and was inspired by the family.
I continue to be inspired by the CL family, especially since riding L2P last year.
I can’t commit to the next L2P until 2024, so I was looking for a local challenge for the spring.
After all the lockdowns, I’ve decided that 2023 is the year of saying yes!
I’m feeling positive and excited by the challenge of 10k. As long as my hip holds out!”