John Taylor Hospice supporters joined almost 20,000 people to hit the streets for this year’s Great Birmingham Run.
Hospice supporters and staff completed the 13.1 mile course alongside elite athletes, those pounding the pavements for fun or fitness and those running for a cause close to their hearts.
The hospice runners have raised thousands of pounds that will help to provide ‘Taylor-made’ care for people and their families, both at the hospice in Erdington and in local communities across the West Midlands.
One member of #teamJTH was taking part in the half-marathon for the third time. Mandy Adkins, 47, was running in memory of her mum Patricia who died in February 2014.
“I’m hoping to raise about £250 this time,” she said. “It’s the third time I’ve done it but it doesn’t get any easier! It’s tough doing the training and then when you’re doing the run it goes in waves. But it’s fabulous when you’ve done it.
“I promised that I would do this run every year after John Taylor cared for my mum. The first year it was the same date as her birthday which was very special.”
The route through the country’s second city takes in well-known sights such as the Bullring, Cadbury World and Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
Undeterred by the rainy start to the day, family members, friends and supporters turned out to cheer on #teamJTH. Hospice staff gathered near to the 11 mile cheer station to make some noise for their runners as they tackled the steepest part of the route along Charlotte Road – two miles from the finishing line.
John Taylor staff members Jo Dorling and Jed Jerwood showed they were great sports by taking on the challenge. Senior nurse trainer and complementary therapist Jo and art psychotherapist Jed have so far raised nearly a combined £600 to support the specialist palliative and end of life care provided by the hospice.
Once #teamJTH runners had crossed the finish line they were invited to head over to the Ikon Gallery in Brindleyplace for a cool-down massage, protein bars and a well-deserved beer or glass of wine.