A star-studded charity fun run and glamorous Gala Dinner will return to the University of Birmingham as Bearwood athlete Bud Buldaro holds his second major charity event to raise money for Parkinson’s UK, and Bearwood people are being asked to give their support.
Former 1500m and mile world record holder Steve Cram is just one of the speakers confirmed for the Bash already. Now a top BBC commentator, “Crammy” is one of Britain’s most popular and successful athletes ever.
Bud’s Run and Bash will be held on the University’s Edgbaston campus on Saturday 10th October 2015. Both events were the idea of Bud Baldaro, the former UKA Marathon Coach who’s been based at the University for over a decade. Bud’s encouraged and helped hundreds of distance and middle-distance runners of all standards and ages, in a career spanning over forty years.
Bud, a popular local runner often seen training on the streets of Bearwood, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009. He’s determined to use his love of running to help fund research into this long-term condition, and he will be building on the staggering £27,000 raised by last year's event at the University.
Bud said: “I was overwhelmed by the support we got last year. Athletes past and present travelled from across the world to join us. One couple even delayed their honeymoon to attend the Bash. Paula Radcliffe flew in from Monaco especially.
Open to everyone, the 5K course is traffic-free and loops round the main campus. There will also be spot prizes, a barbecue, and charity market stalls selling cakes and drinks. World Championships 1500m silver medalist Hannah England is one of the many Bud-coached athletes who will be there on the day. Bud's daughter, Becky Buldaro-Booth said, “It would be terrific if we could get some local Bearwood people taking part.”
All the money raised at the Bash and the Run will go towards a new three year research project at the University of Birmingham. The project hopes to improve the long term benefit of therapies where people with Parkinson’s learn new movements.
Full details on Bud’s Run and Bash can be found at www.budsrun.co.uk