Great Run raises thousands for cancer research

Great team: Some of the University runners proudly show off their medals

A team of University staff and alumni completed the 13.1-mile Bupa Great Birmingham Run at the end of October to raise more than £4,200 for cancer research at the University.

Staff from the Medical School, the School of Dentistry, and the Development and Alumni Relations Office ran the half-marathon course alongside several alumni and former world marathon record-holder Haile Gebrselassie (Hon DUniv, 2010), who beat 15,000 other competitors to win the race.

Runner Simon Fairbanks (BA English, 2007) said: ‘The Great Run was the perfect opportunity to give something back to the University. It was so much fun and I met some great people. It was even better knowing that the money raised would be benefitting the University's Cancer Research team. Hope to see everyone again for the 2012 half-marathon!’

Alumni, staff, students, parents or friends can all now raise money for the University. Any fundraising ideas are welcome, from dress-down days or raffles to something more quirky. In this, the first year of fundraising, staff have already raised money for brain injury research with a cake and book sale; and for cancer research by crossing the Scottish Highlands on foot, bike and kayak.

To find out more about fundraising for Birmingham, visit

To see a gallery of photos from the event click here