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Popular Halesowen kickboxing champion unveiled as start of giant fun run
3:55pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
EUROPEAN kickboxing champion Simon “Mr KO” Akufo has been unveiled as the starter of this year’s Great Black Country Run.
The popular Halesowen kickboxer will take time out of his preparations for an upcoming world title fight in December to start both the 10 kilometre road race and fun run on Sunday, September 22.
The former world champion was chosen by the Rotary Club of Halesowen and Rowley Regis, which is organising the GBCR, after winning the European belt for an unprecedented third time in June.
The former Windsor High School pupil said: “I am delighted to have been given the honour of starting this great event in my home town.
“The Great Black Country Run is a great event which promotes young and old getting fit and I am really looking forward to seeing lots of local runners at the event and urge people to sign up to the race as soon as they can.”
The 31-year-old, who last month graced the catwalk at an international fashion show in London, is entering a team of runners made up of sparring partners and kickboxers who will be fighting on the undercard of his world title fight.
He said: “The charities which will benefit from the GBCR are also close to my heart as I have seen the great work carried out by both the Macmillan Nurses and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”
Rotarian Alan Bowler, who is organising the event, said: “We are really pleased Simon accepted our invitation to start the Great Black Country Run as through his hard work and dedication he sets a wonderful example to everyone in the town.
“We will all be in Somers Square, Halesowen on Saturday and anyone interested can come along and sign up for the run.” To register for the Great Black Country Run on Sunday, September 22 visit www.greatblackcountryrun.com.
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