On Sunday 1 May reggae legends UB40 will officially start this year’s Great Birmingham 10k Run.
Although the band, who had several chart-topping hits in the 1980’s, wont be chasing pavements themselves, they will be encouraging runners as they cross the Jennens Road start line.
More than 6,000 people have signed up to the event and willing entrants are still able to sign up to the city’s annual run, which is offering runners motivational music warm-up routines from the 70s, 80s, 90s or present day. Fancy dress participants are also in for a treat, as a VIP hotel-stay prize will be rewarded to the person with the most innovative outfit.
UB40’s Duncan Campbell, who will be cheering on the runners alongside his brother Robin and fellow band members Brian Travers, Earl Falconer, James Brown and Norman Hassan, says: “It’s a great event for the city and we’re delighted to be starting the run and offering our support to the thousands taking part. I’ve actually been involved in the run every year – but only because it comes past my house!”.
Robin Campbell added: “Sadly, neither of us can run as our knees are shot! But we’ll be there at the start and finish, cheering everyone on. It’s such an important event as many of the runners will be raising money for great causes, like cancer charities, a cause dear to our hearts after our dad passed away a few years ago”.
The football world will also be represented at the Great Birmingham Run as former players Geoff Horsfield, Richard Sneekes and Michael Johnson have signed up to take part. They will be joined by Birmingham-born TV presenter Adrian Chiles and England Cricketer Jonathan Trott.
Communications manager for the Great Run events, David Hart, says: “The music, the football, the fancy dress: it’s all adding up to a great day for Birmingham’s 10k runners or walkers”.