Charity Pub Crawl a Load of Bull
Hundreds of Birmingham businessmen and women will grab the bull by the horns in a charity dash across the city, stopping at various watering holes on the way.
The second annual Bull Run, which aims to raise thousands of pounds for Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer and Edward's Trust, has taken on a new slant this year with two competing teams trying to raise the most money.
On July 8, the streets of Birmingham will resonate to the stampede of red and blue teams headed by Bart Dalton, of The Mercantile Club, and challenger Bryan Manley, of Alchemy Translations.
The Bull Run, the brainchild of Dalton, senior partner at AMP Wealth, one of the city's newest firms of wealth managers and stockbrokers, was inspired by the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona and coincides with the San Fermin Festival – one of the highlights of the Spanish calendar.
"We want to make our Bull Run one of the highlights of the Birmingham business calendar," said Dalton. "The competition between the two teams this year has added an extra sense of fun but will also significantly increase our capacity to raise funds for two very worthy causes."
"Last year we raised thousands for the two charities in what was more than just a boozy pub crawl. It gave the city’s business leaders a chance to let their hair down and network with like-minded people."
Dalton's red team will be herded together at St Paul's Club in the Jewellery Quarter before being driven to The Sun on the Hill, in Bennett's Hill and then the Walkabout in Broad Street while the blue team will start at The Loft Lounge, in Bromsgrove Street, moving on to the Island Bar, in Suffolk Street and St Bèni, in Holliday Street.
Each "runner" will receive a free drink at each location en route before the teams meet up at The Grosvenor Casino, in Broad Street, where they will be fed and watered with further fundraising raffles and auctions, all for just £35.
Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer was founded in June 2000. It devotes all of its time and efforts to creating one of the best centres of excellence, for the treatment of Breast Cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Edward's Trust is a local charity founded 20 years ago in memory of Edward Dent who died of cancer at just seven years of age. It provides free comprehensive support and counselling for parents who have lost a child and children bereaved of a parent, carer or sibling.
"They are two very worthy causes," added Dalton. "I sadly lost my secretary Debbie Carpenter to breast cancer and she had received a lot of loving care from Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer. Edwards Trust is a local charity that has offered fantastic support to some of our friends and clients."
Any businessmen or women who wish to join the herd – dress is smart casual and each participant will be issued with a red or blue T-shirt at the start of the run – must register by July 1 and pay their entrance fee by visiting www.mercantileclub.co.uk