THE ULTIMATE football derby is set to take place on the streets of Birmingham in May as local clubs bid to get their hands on the inaugural Ding Dong Derby Cup.
Taking place at the Great Birmingham 10k, the contest will see several clubs take part in the running challenge on Sunday (May 1).
Coventry will join the likes of Aston Villa, Birmingham, Wolves, Walsall and West Brom – and Sunday league sides at grassroots level are also being invited to enter.
Each team must consist of at least four runners – a maximum of eight.
Furthermore, any club that enters 12 or more runners will receive its own personalised engraved plaque in the name of its fastest runner.
Jamie Clapham, first-team coach at Coventry and a former Blues and Wolves defender, said: “I’ve got full confidence in the team we’ve put together and we’re definitely in it to win it.
“Having experienced a few big derbies myself, I know how important it is to get the edge over your local rivals and it will be no different in the Great Birmingham 10k run.
“Our running team will be put through a difficult training course ahead of the 10k to make sure Coventry will be lifting the Ding Dong Derby Cup.”
The four fastest times posted by each team will be accumulated to determine who is the fittest and fastest club in the region – and secure the ultimate derby bragging rights.
Midlands football legend, Cyrille Regis MBE, who played for Albion, Coventry, Villa and Wolves during his career, will present the Ding Dong Cup to the winning team.
Cyrille said: “I played for four of the clubs involved and know how competitive they all are.
“This is a chance for the smaller teams in the region to go head to head with the big boys and pip them to the silverware.”
David Hart, Communications Director at The Great Run Company, said: “The region boasts several huge football clubs but also hundreds at non-league level and thousands more at the very grassroots of the game.
“This is a chance for them to come together and compete for silverware on a level playing field at the Great Birmingham 10k.
“We’ll hopefully see lots of friendly local rivalry and some classic David and Goliath contests.”
7,000 people are expected to take part in the Great Birmingham 10k run, which starts at 11am.
To sign up to the Ding Dong Derby Cup, visit www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-10k/business-challenge