Moseley’s grandmother tackles the family’s heartache by signing up for the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday

A brave 82-year-old great-grandmother from Moseley is hoping to take part in the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday (May 1) after receiving some heartbreaking family news.

Chrissie Boyer faces the shocking news that her husband and daughter are being diagnosed with cancer by raising funds for cancer research by participating in the Great Birmingham Run.

At 82, Chrissie is one of the oldest contestants to have laced up her coaches and participated in 10K this Sunday.

“I’ve been running on and on all my life,” she said. “My glory days are definitely over, so I do not want to be in the front!”

The furious great-grandmother from Moseley, with flamboyant purple hair, decided to join the race and raise money for a charity that is close to her heart.

82-year-old Birmingham great-grandmother Chrissie Boyer hopes to raise money for cancer research

It was during the COVID-19 pandemic that Chrissie’s husband Tony was diagnosed with prostate cancer. So just a few weeks later, her daughter Rachel received shocking news that she had breast cancer.

Chrissie talked about the shocking news about the family’s health and said: “It was a terrible time that you can imagine.

“There was no support during the lockdown and we could not see people, so we just had to move on and manage it ourselves. We kept busy and did a lot of research, but when Tony went into remission, we discovered that he “needed a triple heart bypass. Fortunately, they are both ok now, but it was a lot for us to get through as a family.”

Chrissie tried to keep her mind and body busy and healthy by running and by focusing on her two jobs – working as an exam guard and steward at Symphony Hall.

“Too many people my age are old before their time and I simply do not understand why. Running gets me out and keeps me active, ”she said.

Chrissie will raise money for Prostate Cancer Research, which last year ran in a team at Race For Life to support breast cancer research. “It’s important to have the support of your family,” she adds. “And Tony will be there that day to cheer me on.”

The Great Birmingham Run takes place on Sunday 1 May

The 10k and half marathon is expected to pack the city center with runners and spectators on Sunday. The sporting event is a celebration of running in Birmingham, for all ages and abilities with blaring music, costumes, people buzzing, pumping legs and fists.

The 10k route starts in the city center and takes runners past the Bullring and out onto Pershore Road to Cannon Hill Park, which marks the halfway point – runners then run around the world-famous Edgbaston Cricket Ground and past Calthorpe Park, before a final section through Digbeth before the grandstand center ends. .

The Great Birmingham Run takes place on Sunday (May 1), and organizers advise people to arrive by public transport, where possible, to reduce congestion in the city center.


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