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Blues to defend their derby title

And they are preparing again to see off the challenge of West Midlands clubs for this year's race on Sunday, 30 April.

They pipped Villa, Albion, Wolves, Walsall and Coventry City across the Birmingham city centre finish line.

And with competition again from the professional clubs as well as non-league Solihull Moors and Stourbridge, Blues know they will face a serious test once more.

Representing Blues over the 6.2-mile course are Richard Beale (Blues Senior Professional Development Coach), Sam Meek (Head of Academy Goalkeeping), Dave Singleton (Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine), Tom Page (Sports Scientist) and Simon Houston (Academy Lead Performance Analyst, Professional Development).

Pictured is Elliott Woolmer, Blues Academy Sports Scientist, who was part of last year's victorious squad.

Any football club can compete for the Ding Dong Derby Cup by entering a team of at least four runners, up to a maximum of eight.

The four fastest times posted by each team will be accumulated to determine who is the fittest and fastest club in the region – and secure the ultimate derby bragging rights.

More than 7,000 runners are due to take part in this year’s Great Birmingham 10K. Starting on Jennens Road near Millennium Point, the race takes in sights such as Selfridges, Edgbaston Stadium and Cannon Hill Park before a city centre finish in front of thousands of cheering spectators.

The event is also seen as the ideal training run for anyone entering the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run or inaugural Birmingham International Marathon, both taking place on Sunday, 15 October.

Woolmer said: “We were really pleased to be the first winners of the Ding Dong Derby Cup and we’re determined to hang onto the trophy in April.

“But with more clubs entering this year, we’ll have to produce a fast time.

"It’s a really great event to be involved in, and Birmingham’s a brilliant city to run in.”

David Hart, Communications Director at The Great Run Company, said: “This is a great chance for the hundreds of local clubs in the region, from all levels of the game, to come together and compete for silverware at the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k. May the fittest club win!”

To enter a team into the Ding Dong Derby Cup, visit the Great Birmingham 10k Business Challenge page: www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-10k/business-challenge

When filling in the ‘name of company’ box, simply type in the football club’s name followed by ‘Ding Dong Derby Cup’.

To enter the Great Birmingham 10k as an individual runner: www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-10k

Anyone who enters the 10k will receive a £10 discount for either the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon or Birmingham International Marathon. Also, all entrants for the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon or Birmingham International Marathon will earn a £10 discount for the Great Birmingham 10k.

To enter the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon: www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-run

Pictured above (l-r) Elliott Woolmer (Blues), Tom Ross, Ant Hasker (Solihull Moors), Matthew Gould (Stourbridge).

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