Former GB Olympic & Commonwealth Games medallist Phil Brown, famed for his final lap with the baton in the Men’s GB 4 x 400 metre relay team, will be starting tomorrow’s 17th Great Midlands Fun Run.

Phil is no stranger to Sutton Coldfield as in the early 1980s his first job was working for Birmingham City Council Leisure at Wyndley Leisure Centre.

In 1984 he represented Great Britain at the Los Angeles Olympics in the men’s 400m and 4x400m relay and it was in the relay that Phil, along with fellow team mates Kriss Akabusi, Gary Cook and Todd Bennett, ran the anchor leg that secured the Silver medal.

In the early 1990s Phil retired from competitive sport to become an Inspirational Speaker and regional director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award where he remained until last year when he launched Champions Realm Ltd, a not for profit company that builds life skills in primary school pupils to help strengthen character and develop resilience.

Fun Run Event Director, Tracey Spare said: “I bumped into Phil at a Business Breakfast meeting earlier this year and asked if he would be kind enough to start this year’s Fun Run and he immediately checked his diary and said yes. He also reminded me of the time he took on Cardiac Hill in the early 2000’s. I did remind him that beyond 400m he was out of his comfort zone and his competitive athletics was run on a flat track!

“I’m delighted Phil agreed to start this year’s Fun Run and he’s also agreed to join the Cookes Furniture team at the finish line to present commemorative medals to those who finish the 8.5 mile course.”

Any companies interested in booking an inspirational speaker or schools, in working with Champions Realm please contact

published 1 June

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