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The Bupa Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 21st October 2012
The fifth annual BUPA Great Birmingham Run on Sunday ended in victory for Kenyan Micah Kogo, in a race that attracted thousands of local competitors, charity fundraisers, and enthusiastic spectators.
With the city shrouded in thick fog, Kogo (pictured left, with runner-up Abera Kuma) set the fastest ever time for the Birmingham course, shaving over a minute off the previous record set by Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie in 2011. World record holder Zersenay Tadese finished third, while the Portuguese Sara Moreira broke clear of the field to win the women’s race.
18,000 competitors took to the streets for the half-marathon – some of them dedicated athletes, some undertaking the challenge for charity – and the Charityzine team was located at the eleven mile waypoint, where a Diabetes UK cheering team encouraged the runners through the steepest part of the course. Studio B’s new website for this event – www.greatbirminghamrun.org.uk – shows just some of the many highlights of the day.