A fun run with a tasty twist is coming to Cannon Hill Park for the first time to help raise vital funds for a local hospice.
Taking place on Saturday 28 April, ‘The Chocolate 5k’ – which is organised by Birmingham St Mary’s – is a run like no other, as participants race round the scenic park whilst indulging in chocolate treats.
Sweet-toothed Brummies can choose to run, jog or walk around the route, as they pick up branded goodies from a number of chocolate stations.
On finishing the course, runners will be rewarded with even more tasty treats, as they will be able to enjoy a gooey chocolate pot, as well as take home a commemorative medal.
Last year, The Chocolate 5k raised £25,000 for the hospice, which provides crucial care and support to local people living with life-limiting illness. The Selly Park-based charity is hoping to raise even more funds at the run this year, so that it can continue to provide its care at the hospice, in people’s homes and in the community.
Lucy Watkins, head of fundraising at Birmingham St Mary’s, said: “Whether you’re a running enthusiast or just have a sweet-tooth, The Chocolate 5k is a great way for you to enjoy tasty treats completely guilt-free. Every penny raised will go towards the hospice, so your generous support will ensure that we can continue to provide our free, vital services to families living across Birmingham and Sandwell.”
In addition to delicious goodies, participants can also enjoy face painting, raffles, and games at the park, as well as meet one of the world’s most famous chocolate makers – Willy Wonka.
The Chocolate 5k has recently been shortlisted for a national running award, making it into The Running Award’s top three ‘Best Charity Fun Runs in the UK’.