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Mayor of Dudley urges runners to step forward

By dan shaw  |  Posted: August 20, 2013

Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Finch, prepares for his fund-raising run

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Runners are being urged to put their best foot forward and join the Mayor of Dudley on a charity race.

Mayor, Councillor Alan Finch, together with other councillors and Dudley Council staff will join hundreds of runners in the Great Black Country Road Run through Halesowen on September 22nd.

The group, running as part of the council’s Team DB, will be raising money for the Mayor’s charities and other good causes through the popular run.

Runners can choose from either a five or a 10km route on the day.

Race organisers, the Rotary Club of Halesowen and Rowley Regis, have agreed for the Mayor’s chosen charities to be the fifth official charity on the day alongside Air Ambulance, MacMillan Cancer Support, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Sunfield Children’s Home, Clent.

The Mayor, who will be running the 10km route, is now urging people to sign up to boost the fundraising total.

Councillor Alan Finch, Mayor of Dudley, said: "I’ve never done anything like this before but charity is something very close to my heart and I’m keen to raise as much money as possible.

"I hope people will be able to join me and I’m really looking forward to joining the other runners on the day to help these very worthwhile causes."

The Mayor of Dudley’s chosen charities for this year are White House Cancer Support, Dudley and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Hundreds of people competed in the inaugural run last year, raising over £6,000 for charity. This year organisers say the event will be bigger and better than ever with a five kilometre fun run as well as the 10km race for people to join.

People can sign up and nominate any charity to run for. For more information and to register for the run visit

www.Greatblackcountryrun.com or www.bostinrun.com

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