Challenge accepted - KPMG enter team for Great Birmingham Run

14th September 2015

A team of six runners from KPMG Enterprise in Birmingham are training to take part in the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge on Sunday 18th October.

The team is fundraising for Cure Leukaemia and aims to raise at least £2,000, a figure that would be worth £20,000 in potentially life-saving drug treatments for blood cancer patients in Birmingham.

The team hopes for an average running time of under two hours, with the strongest runners aiming to complete the challenge in around an hour and a half.

Lucy Fairclough, team coordinator, commented: 


“Our colleague’s husband, Frazer Lakin, is a personal trainer and he was kind enough to design training programmes to get us all half marathon ready!


Our strongest runner, Gareth Wainwright, is part of a running club and takes part every year, so we’re hoping for a great time from him. One of the firm’s partners, Simon Purkess, has also joined the team so we’re expecting big things from him too.”

The team will join another strong Cure Leukaemia contingent this October after over 800 runners have represented the charity in the last two years.

Jackie Kelly, Cure Leukaemia’s Head of Corporate Partnerships said,


“We have another strong team for the Great Birmingham Run and we are delighted to have a team from KPMG Enterprise representing the charity in October.


The funds they raise will directly support our specialist research nurses in the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and across the region and give hope to patients battling blood cancer.”

Companies can enter as many teams as they want into the Business Challenge; the accumulated first four finishing times in each team will count.

A new incentive has been added to this year’s Morrisons Great Birmingham Business Challenge, with Midlands companies given the chance to win an exclusive professional training session for their team by submitting a 60 second training video.

To donate to the KPMG Enterprise team, visit:

To enter the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run and run for Team Cure Leukaemia, email:


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