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Commonwealth gold medalist Jodie Stimpson to start Great Birmingham Run 2014

Oldbury 25-year-old won both individual and team triathlon golds for England at the Glasgow games

Commonwealth gold medalist Jodie Stimpson

Double Commonwealth gold medal winner Jodie Stimpson will be an official starter at this year’s Bupa Great Birmingham Run.

The 25-year-old, from Oldbury, who won both individual and team triathlon golds for England at the Glasgow games, will be at the start line on Sunday October 19 to see off the waves of runners who will take on the 13.1 mile course around the city.

Jodie said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to be involved in such a fantastic event like the Bupa Great Birmingham Run.

“Last year I ran it with my mum and I was amazed at the turn-out and the amount of support around the course. I look forward to this year being even better.”

David Hart, communications director for the Bupa Great Birmingham Run, said: “Jodie’s success in Glasgow is an inspiration to thousands, and we’re delighted she is able to join us on October 19 for what promises to be the biggest and best ever Midlands half marathon.”

Now in its fourth year, the Bupa Great Birmingham Run is the second biggest half marathon in the country. Last year, a record 20,000 runners entered.

Midland businesses are being urged to show they are the region’s fittest and fastest firm by entering its Business Challenge.

Businesses already registered include Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Fox’s Biscuits, Free Radio, Geese Theatre Company, JW Hinks LLP and Tata Motors.

Teams must be a minimum of four people and a maximum of eight, but businesses can enter as many teams as they want, in male, female or mixed sex categories. Mixed teams must have a minimum of two men and two women.

Team members must be 16 years of age or over on race day and placings are based on the accumulated first four finishing times in each team.

Every team that enters 12 or more employees will receive their own personalised company engraved plaque.

To join Jodie at the Bupa Great Birmingham Run, go to www.greatrun.org/birmingham

 

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