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Runners took to streets for some great causes
2:00pm Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
RUNNERS from across the Vale raised money for causes close to their hearts by taking part in the Great Birmingham Run.
The half marathon and junior run saw record numbers taking part this year as about 20,000 fund-raisers took to the streets of Birmingham.
For some it was the first time they had taken part in such an event.
One group of local runners, ‘Team Crisp’, ran the half marathon in memory of Caroline Crisp from Elmley Castle, who died in June, as a thank you to staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham who cared for her.
The group, which included Caroline’s husband Nick and their two teenage children Emily and Charlie, all completed the run and have so far raised well over £6,000 for the QE.
Meanwhile, former Pershore High School pupils Laura Taylor, aged 26, of Eckington, and Charlie Talbot, also 26, of Bishop’s Cleeve, completed the event in 2 hours and 34 minutes.
The friends raised money for three charities – Dementia UK, the Eve Appeal and Tommy’s. Miss Taylor, who has raised £185 so far, said: “It was the first type of event like this that we had done. It was hard work but I really enjoyed it all.
“I am pleased with the time but I think I could do better next year and hopefully I’ll get the chance to try.
“I chose to raise money for Dementia UK. It is important to me as my nan suffers with the disease.”
Meanwhile, it was a family affair for dad Peter Rayner and his nine-year-old son Sam.
The two, of Holloway Drive, Pershore, have so far raised £315 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charities, which they chose in a bid to thank the team there for their support when six years ago Sam’s sister Lily required treatment after a valve in her heart closed.
Mr Rayner said: “I completed the half marathon in 1 hour 51 minutes and Sam came 20th in 11 minutes and 39 seconds.
“I was going really well up until the ninth mile when my heel went. I was on track for a personal best but ended up finishing just 6 minutes slower than last year.
“It was hard but the crowds were great and Sam really enjoyed it.”
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