WEST Midlands Mayor Andy Street is lacing up his running shoes to take on the Great Birmingham Run.
The Mayor will be part of a 20-strong team from the West Midlands Combined Authority running in aid of Cure Leukaemia.
The team, which will join more than 10,000 runners on the starting line on May 1, is hoping to come out on top in the Business Challenge, which sees prizes awarded to the top three teams in each category, male, female and mixed team.
Mr Street said: “I am really pleased to be supporting Cure Leukaemia at the upcoming Great Birmingham Run this summer. The pioneering work Cure Leukaemia does, led by Birmingham-based Professor Charlie Craddock CBE, is not only benefiting patients across our great region but also right across the country.
“In what is sure to be a mega year of sport here in the West Midlands, I would encourage our local businesses to join me on the start line and help raise funds for this fantastic charity engaging in lifesaving work on our very doorstep.”
This isn’t the first time Mr Street has pulled on his running shoes for charity – he also ran the same race for Cure Leukaemia in 2017 while in 2019 he did the Knowle Fun Run is aid of Solihull Life Opportunities and the UK Sepsis Trust and other local causes.
Cure Leukaemia supports research nurses studying the cancer across the country and carries out trials co-ordinated by its hub at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
James McLaughlin, chief executive of Cure Leukaemia, said: “We are thrilled and very proud that Andy Street has once again chosen to run the Great Birmingham Run on behalf of Cure Leukaemia.
“He has been a great supporter of our charity and the work that we do, so it is great to hear that he will be supporting us once more.”