New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Sponsored Marathon in aid of Birmingham Conservation Trust

Posted November 6th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with No Comments

Photo 1-17My name is Katie Kershaw and I am one of BCT’s trustees. I became involved with the Trust because I am passionate about historic buildings and my home city of Birmingham. I am enormously grateful for the fantastic work that the Trust has accomplished in the city and I know that their incredibly dedicated team has more exciting plans for the future.


As many of you know, the Trust have had some fantastic achievements, notably including the award-winning Back to Backs, now operated by the National Trust and most recently the launch of the Coffin Works, Birmingham’s newest heritage attraction:


But there is still much work to do. Many of Birmingham’s historic buildings remain under threat and the Trust is uniquely placed to help them to find new futures. On 12 April 2015, I will be running my first marathon in Paris. This is my chance to do something really useful to help the Trust. I have set an initial target to raise £1000, but I would very much hope to exceed that before next April.

Although I am not a stranger to running, having completed the Birmingham Half Marathon for the past two years, this is the first time I will have ventured beyond 13.1 miles, so it will be a real personal challenge. I have already begun a training schedule of interval running, hill sprints, yoga, strength training and a weekly long run through the winter. Rather selfishly, I am really hoping it doesn’t snow, as I’m not sure I fancy 22 miles on a treadmill! I am aiming to provide a monthly update with my progress in the run up to the event, which I hope will help keep me motivated through the cold!

As many of you know, Birmingham Conservation Trust is a small charity and does not benefit from large, regular donations. This means that you can be sure that all donations received will have a major and direct positive impact on the fantastic work that they do.

If you would like to donate, a link to my JustGiving page is below:

I – and the Trust, would be incredibly grateful.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Time to get training!


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