Huge Congratulations to everyone who took on the Birmingham Half Marathon 2016 in aid of St Basils, including our own staff team, who all completed the challenge, pictured here with our Mascot Basil Bear who unfortunately couldn't make it on the day because he's not waterproof (the event started in torrential downpours), but he was with them in spirit.
We hope to have an update on our other supporters also running the Half Marathon soon.
Thanks to everyone who has sponsored those taking part!
Teams from St Basils, Squire Patton and Boggs, KPMG and supporter Ben Murphy are all gearing up to take on the Birmingham Half Marathon on Sunday 16th October to raise vital funds to help young homeless people in Birmingham to move on successfully with their lives.
Long time St Basils supporter Ben Murphy (pictured left), who has taken on the coast to coast cycling challenge for raise funds for us in the past, only took up running earlier this year, deciding on impulse to enter the Birmingham 10K run. He has increased his training since and will be running the Half Marathon route to raise funds for us and another charity.
As he says, the route is very apt. Beginning in Centenary Square, then past his family's home near Selly Park, who have long supported St Basils. Further along the Great Run, after Cannon Hill Park, the route passes close to St Basils scheme Runcorn House in Balsall Heath. Then going as far south as Mary Vale Road, the closest supported accommodation being Brandwood for single young people and families. The Birmingham Half Marathon in the final stretch passes within a mile of two more St Basils schemes; Gillott Road and Edgwood House.
Find out more about Ben here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/murphyrun
Head of Fundraising Barrie Hodge, National Engagement Manager Tamzin Taylor-Rosser, Finance Officer Michael Papanicolaou and Rents Officer Alex Keane (pictured right) make up the St Basils Birmingham Half Marathon team along with Home2Home Supported Lodgings Officer Mark Kwabia.
National Engagement Manager Tamzin Taylor-Rosser who only started running earlier this year admits she’s nervous but up for the challenge. She said:
"So it's not long now until I take on my second running challenge – the Half Marathon. I was totally inspired by the Sutton Fun run in June and swiftly signed up to do 5.5 miles more. So far the most I’ve managed is 7 miles. I’m aiming to run/ walk ten miles before the event and then will hope the adrenalin will kick in on the day! I am excited about doing this and will complete it regardless but I can’t lie I am nervous, but just thinking “Feel the fear and do it anyway!"
Sponsor them here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/stbasilshalfmarathon2016