The first ever Bud Run & Bush events, held earlier this month, raised over £20,000 for its associated charity, Parkinson’s UK. The events were held in honour of one of Britain’s most highly respected coaches, Bud Baldaro, who has guided hundreds of middle-distance athletes over a 40-year career.
Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009, Bud has been keen to use his love of running to help fund research into this long-term condition. The event, staged at the Birmingham University campus where Baldaro has coached for more than 20 years, saw over 500 runners take part, including several of Baldaro’s present and past athletes.
World 1500m silver medallist Hannah England and her husband Luke Gunn were among the other international athletes lending support with their attendance, while marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe started the race.
Baldaro added: “I’m overwhelmed at the positive response we had to both events, and delighted at the money everyone raised. It was amazing to see so many people pull together for such a good cause. Having Paula there was a big bonus, as she is a true hero in our sport. I’d also like to thank all our sponsors and partners for making the events possible.”