(L-R: Toks Dada, Sarah Taylor, Nick Reed, Kat Hodgkinson, Chris Smith)
The city’s Town Hall & Symphony Hall staff are being encouraged to keep their work-life balance in harmony – by entering the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k.
Chief Executive Officer Nick Reed has passed the running bug onto four colleagues and inspired them to join him on a THSH team competing in the PKF Cooper Parry Business Challenge at the Sunday, April 30 event.
Kat Hodgkinson, production manager, Toks Dada, programming coordinator, Chris Smith, operations assistant, and Sarah Taylor, production liaison officer, have even been joining Nick on training runs along the city centre’s canals during their lunch hour.
Nick, with multiple marathons and ultra-distance races under his belt from 30 years of running, is hopeful his staff will use the Great Birmingham 10k as a stepping stone for either the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon or inaugural Birmingham International Marathon on October 15.
Companies across the Midlands are invited to join the THSH team in entering the PKF Cooper Parry Business Challenge, which is open to small, medium and large businesses in men’s, women’s and mixed categories. Trophies will be handed to the fastest teams, while any business that enters 12 or more employees will receive an engraved plaque in the name of their fastest runner. The four fastest times posted by each business are accumulated to determine the winners.
Over 60 teams took part in last year’s Great Birmingham Run and 10K Business Challenges, from a variety of business sectors and sizes across the Midlands.
More than 7,000 runners are due to take part in this year’s Great Birmingham 10K. Starting on Jennens Road near Millennium Point, the race takes in sights such as Selfridges, Edgbaston Stadium and Cannon Hill Park before a city centre finish in front of thousands of cheering spectators.
Nick, aged 54, said: “As CEO and a regular runner myself, I was keen to get the THSH staff involved in something healthy and fun. “We’ve been doing Park Runs together at Canon Hill Park and have also been training around the canals – Birmingham is a great city to run in. “The Business Challenge is such a good idea because it brings the business community together to raise money for good causes and gets staff active.”
As CEO and a regular runner myself, I was keen to get the THSH staff involved in something healthy and fun.Nick Reed
Being fit and healthy will no doubt help THSH staff manage 800 concerts and events – and the 500,000 visitors the venues attract – annually.
Sarah added: “I have never really been a ‘keen bean’ when it comes to physical activity but running towards a goal, with a group of colleagues encouraging each other along, seemed the perfect motivation to get my trainers on.”
running towards a goal, with a group of colleagues encouraging each other along, seemed the perfect motivation to get my trainers onSarah Taylor
To enter the Great Birmingham 10K Business Challenge: https://www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-10k/busi...
To enter the Great Birmingham 10k as an individual runner: www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-10k
Anyone who enters the 10k will receive a £10 discount for either the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon or Birmingham International Marathon. Also, all entrants for the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon or Birmingham International Marathon will earn a £10 discount for the Great Birmingham 10k.
To enter the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon: www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-run
To enter the Birmingham International Marathon: www.greatrun.org/birmingham-international-marathon