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Mel's Birmingham Run (March '24 Update)

Published on 07 March 2024 04:48 PM

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March Update

It's Dr Mel's birthday this month! With less than two months to go at the time of writing, until the big day, Mel's prep is coming along nicely. We asked for an update from the lady herself as she was paying us a visit at Stratford House, the Age UK Birmingham and Age UK Sandwell office just inside the ring road (which happens to be Birmingham's 2nd oldest building!)

"My running preparation is slowly building, and although last Sunday I managed 16K, that was a one off!  Currently, my weekly running schedule normally consists of a 5K and10K run on different days.
Also, each week I try to challenge my body in different ways: Pilates to build core strength, Body Attack to increase aerobic capacity , amateur tennis for fun, wellbeing and to reduce sitting time, and walking about 6 miles most days. I rarely drive or use the bus if my destination is within an hour's walk and so my new trainers which were bought in January might not last until May!"

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My neighbourhood has some great parks so I usually put on my music and head for these open spaces to run or walk. Of course, living in the city, means some road running is inevitable, but I am certainly having fun!
Of course, with all the donations coming in, an enormous thanks for all the encouragement and support I am receiving."


So from us (including our CEO Steve, pictured with Mel, who is currently reconsidering challenging Mel to a race around the building) and Dr. Melrose Stewart - thank you for the support so far, and don't forget you can get involved too - check out the links below for more information!

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January 2024 Update

Run with Dr Mel on 5th May to help celebrate her 70th Birthday and raise vital funds for Age UK Birmingham and Age UK Sandwell

To celebrate her 70th birthday, prominent Birmingham physiotherapist and advocate of older people's health, Dr Melrose Stewart MBE, is taking part in the AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run on 5th May 2024. She will be raising money for Age UK Birmingham and Age UK Sandwell. 

“This year I will be celebrating my 70th birthday and to mark this great milestone, I am planning to run my first official half marathon. Why? Because I recognise that many people my age are not as fortunate as I am to have good health.  Faced with physical, as well as mental health challenges, many older people suffer in silence and struggle to complete the simple daily tasks many of us take for granted.

All donations will be used by Age UK Birmingham and Age UK Sandwell to support older people to remain independent, stay connected and enjoy a good quality of life.” - Dr. Mel

Further information below

The Secret to Aging Gracefully? Staying Active!
Who says growing older means slowing down? As we age, staying fit becomes more important than ever—not just for physical health but for mental well-being too. The benefits? Increased mobility, sharper minds, and a happier life!
Now, how about putting that fitness mantra into action?
Dr. Melrose Stewart MBE is about to celebrate her big 7-0, and she's doing it in style—by running in the AJ Bell Great 10K Birmingham Run on May 5, 2024. And guess what? She invites YOU to join her!
The Cause: Funds for Age UK Birmingham & Age UK Sandwell
The Mission: To shatter ageist stereotypes and inspire a culture of active aging
Ready to challenge the norms and grow fit, not just old? Lace up and team up with Mel for this fantastic cause.
Register Now and make your miles matter!
Come break a sweat, not a stereotype!
Original news article:
Celebrating her milestone 70th birthday, Dr. Melrose Stewart MBE isn't slowing down—she's speeding up for a good cause! Join her at the AJ Bell Great 10K Birmingham Run on May 5, 2024, as she raises funds for Age UK Birmingham and Age UK Sandwell.
Tired of the negativity around aging? Mel is too. A passionate well-being advocate, she's on a quest to break down ageist barriers. 

Ready to shatter stereotypes? Support Mel in her mission to pave the way for fitter futures across all ages. Her ultimate goal is two-fold: to ensure equitable access to better health and to inspire seniors to lead an active lifestyle.

#FitterAging #ActiveSeniors #Fundraiser #DrMelroseStewart 

Want to make an even bigger impact? If you're considering joining the run and would like to team up with Mel to raise funds for Age UK Birmingham and Age UK Sandwell, you can register here:

Don't just grow old, grow fit. Back Mel's mission today!

Find out more about the run itself here: