A Birmingham 5K charity fun run has been given an Olympic-sized boost by a gold medal winning British hockey player. Lily Owsley will be the official starter for “Bud’s Run”, a family-friendly event being held at the University of Birmingham on Sunday 9th October.
Lily was part of Great Britain’s victorious women’s hockey team at the Rio Olympics this summer. Currently studying Sports Science at the University of Birmingham, she is a keen supporter of this popular event which is in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Lily said: “I'm honoured to be supporting and running Bud's Run this year. A 5k run is no mean feat, but it is something that nearly everyone can do – no matter how long it takes. It's amazing how much this event has raised for charity already, so please come along and have fun whilst raising money and awareness of a great cause. There’s still time to enter at www.budsrun.co.uk.“
Along with the 5K, there will be a fun run for kids, raffle, sports masseur on hand, bacon sarnies, and plenty of tea, coffee and cake. They’ll also be an opportunity to hear from athletes Sara Treacy and Alison Leonard in an informal Q & A session after the run.
Now in it’s third successful year, Bud’s Run has already raised over £42,000 for Parkinson’s UK. It was the idea of long-time University of Birmingham athletics coach BudBaldaro. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009, Bud’s determined to use his love of running to help fund research into this long-term condition.
Bud said: “It’s exciting be involved with the third Bud’s Run on behalf of Parkinson’s UK, and we hope to have even more participants involved this year. Please do your best to support us. You’ll find all the details at www.budsrun.co.uk.”
In his long and successful career, Bearwood resident Bud has coached hundreds of runners of all ages and abilities. They include Rio Olympics 3000m finalist Sara Treacy, and 2011 World Championships 1500m silver medallist Hannah England – both of whom will be there on the day.
Recently Bud was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award by “Runner’s World” magazine for his services to the sport. The award was collected by Jane Hansom, who said: “Bud turned me from a slow plodder into a sub-three hour marathoner, and changed my life in the process. For that I am eternally grateful.”