150 people set to run 13.1 or 26.2miles for CL!

13th October 2017


150 fantastic fundraisers are running the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon and Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 15th October. There are so many inspiring stories amongst Team Cure Leukaemia but here are a some of our runners and their stories



Paul Barker & Tim Briggs: A few years ago Paul Barker weighed over 24 stone and on Sunday he and Tim are running their first marathon in memory of their friend and fellow rugby team club teammate Jake Hood. Jake died of blood cancer on December 23rd 2015 aged just 19 years of age and, despite his illness being terminal, dedicated his last few months to raising funds for Cure Leukaemia. Whilst Paul and Tim are running there will be a memorial rugby match for Jake taking place at their BBOB Rugby Club in Northampton. To read more about this story and make a donation click HERE.



DR Guy Pratt: Guy is a Trustee of Cure Leukaemia and 3 weeks ago he cycled the 100mile Velo Birmingham for the charity and he is now ready to take on the marathon to raise funds! Guy is a haematology consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and all the funds he is raising will go towards the £1m Appeal to fund the expansion of the Centre for Clinical Haemtology, the Centre Guy will be working in when complete. To sponsor Guy click HERE





Robert Mawl: Robert is another fundraiser who is doing the Velo Birmingham and Marathon double and he is running in memory of his sister Georgina who lost her battle with leukaemia in 2009 just a few weeks before her 21st Birthday. Georgina was a huge foodie and would regularly eat at Purnell's restaurant in Birmingham. She is the reason Glynn Purnell is a Trustee of Cure Leukaemia becuase he was touched by her story and visited her in hospital. To sponsor Robert click HERE




James Gittins: James has run the Great Birmingham Run for Cure Leukaemia every years since 2013 and last year he ran in memory of his friend Andy Payne who lost his battle with leukaemia in 2016. James (pictured with Andy's son Tom on the finish line last year) is running the full Marathon this year and has already raised over £1,200 thanks to generous support from Kings Heath Cricketer Club where he and Andy met. To sponsor James click HERE




John Norwell: Police officer and hige Wolves fan John Norgrove is running the marathon in support of Wolves' goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who was diagnosed with leukaemia in July this year. The Wolves family has raised over £80,000 for Cure Leukaemia in support of Carl and John has nearly raised £400 for his challenge on Sunday. To sponsor John click HERE




Terry Goodwin: Terry, who works for the BBC in Birmingham, has run the Great Birmingham Run for Cure Leukaemia ever since 2012. Terry first became involved with the charity when BBC WM ran its Red Alert Appeal in 2012, which raised over £175,000 for the charity. Leukaemia patient Tony de Grey was heavily involved with the campaign and recorded regular audio diaries during his treatment. Tony sadly passed away in 2013 but his legacy lives on and Terry will be running on Sunday in his memory. Terry's partner James will also be running the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday for Cure Leukaemia. To sponsor Terry click HERE





Matt Greenaway & The Jen Squad: Matt Greenaway, who's partner Jenna Ostrowski is currently undergoing treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, and five friends are taking on the Great Birmingham Run to raise funds in support of her. Jenna was diagnosed earlier this year and will be returning to hospital soon for her next round of chemotherapy. To read more about Jenna's story click HERE To donate to Matt and the Jen Squad click HERE





Dr Eki Sangha: Eki, who is a doctor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, lost her brother to blood cancer before she was born. In addition to this tragic loss her father has twice fought the disease and is thankfully still here battling and receiving tretament. He's been treated at the Centre since it was first opened in 2006 and every penny raised will go towards its expansion. To sponsor Eki click HERE





The Mayor's Movers: Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street CBE and 14 other members of the West Midlands Combined Authority will be running the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday. Members are taking part from across the region with representatives from Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton and Dudley taking on the 13.1miles for Cure Leukaemia. To read more about the team and the patients they are running for click HERE


Everyone associated with Cure Leukaemia would like to wish all of our runners the very best of luck for Sunday and thank you so much for running for Cure Leukaemia!

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