The chase is on for five police officers from the West Midlands as they swap their black boots for running shoes in a bid to raise money for Birmingham-based blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia and the University of Birmingham in this year’s BUPA Great Birmingham Run.
The team from West Midlands Police will be out in force alongside hundreds of fellow ‘Team Cure Leukaemia’ runners, as we aim to go beyond our record breaking achievements in the run last year, when 455 runners took part raising over £125,000 for the world class Centre for Clinical Haematology based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Catherine Wickenden, Simon Hand and Michael Meredith will join Scott Davies and his wife, Jessica Davies who featured on the BBC Documentary series Motorway Cops which followed the traffic police enforce the law on some of Britain's busiest and most dangerous roads.
They are sure to be in ‘hot pursuit’ of one another along the 13.1 mile course which takes in some of the city's most iconic sights including the Bullring, Cadbury's in Bournville and Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Live music from the aptly named 'bands on the run' will keep the runners motivated every step of the way and thousands of supporters will turn out to cheer finishers across the line on Broad Street in the heart of the city centre.
The team of officers from Digbeth police station chose to run for Cure Leukaemia, after Jess’ mom was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. Cure Leukaemia has collaborated with the University of Birmingham for this year’s run as part of the ‘Birmingham, let’s cure leukaemia’ campaign that aims to help the city find a cure for all blood cancers within 30 years.
PC Scott Davies said, “I ran for Cure Leukaemia in the 2013 Great Birmingham Run and after such a fantastic day I have now managed to rope a few of my colleagues into running alongside myself and Jess this year - fortunately they are already keen runners so it won't be too much of a shock to the system!
The charity is one that is very close to our hearts after Jess’ mom was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma and we know the great work Cure Leukaemia are doing to help patients with blood cancers across the West Midlands.
As an officer who represents the police force in the region, it was a perfect fit to support them once again.”
James McLaughlin, the Chief Executive of Cure Leukaemia said,
“Last year we had the ‘Red Hot Runners’ from West Midlands Fire Service run for our fantastic charity so we are delighted that this year it is the turn of the West Midlands Police Force to come out in support of Cure Leukaemia!
Birmingham has a unique and genuine opportunity to help find a cure for this terrible disease and the Bupa Great Birmingham is the perfect opportunity for the whole region to contribute towards that goal. Our aim is to help find a cure for all blood cancers in the next 30 years and we thank all of our runners for not only raising vital funds, but vital awareness of the disease across the region."