A season of seismic cup shocks could produce further giant-killing acts – at the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k.
The region’s football clubs are limbering up for the ultimate ‘David versus Goliath’ contest when they battle it out for Ding Dong Derby Cup glory over the 6.2-mile route on Sunday, April 30.
From the Premier League at the tip of the footballing pyramid right down to Sunday league at grassroots level, clubs of all sizes are being invited to enter running teams and compete for silverware.
And Solihull Moors will enter a team to pound the pavements and join a host of local clubs all claiming to lift this year’s Ding Dong Derby Cup from current holders Birmingham City.
As well as facing more stiff competition from the pro clubs, Blues will also take on the likes of The Moors as well as fellow non-league outfit Stourbridge.
Both sides have caused huge FA Cup shocks this season by knocking out league opposition and are aiming to cause another upset at the Great Birmingham 10k.
Any football club can compete for the Ding Dong Derby Cup by entering a team of at least four runners, up to a maximum of eight.
The four fastest times posted by each team will be accumulated to determine who is the fittest and fastest club in the region – and secure the ultimate derby bragging rights!
More than 7,000 runners are due to take part in this year’s Great Birmingham 10K. Starting on Jennens Road near Millennium Point, the race takes in sights such as Selfridges, Edgbaston Stadium and Cannon Hill Park before a city centre finish in front of thousands of cheering spectators.
The event is also seen as the ideal training run for anyone entering the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run or inaugural Birmingham International Marathon, both taking place on Sunday, October 15.
Elliott Woolmer, Blues’ Academy Sports Scientist and a key member of last year’s victorious team, said: “We were really pleased to be the first winners of the Ding Dong Derby Cup and we’re determined to hang onto the trophy in April.
“But with more clubs entering this year, we’ll have to produce a fast time.
"It’s a really great event to be involved in, and Birmingham’s a brilliant city to run in.”
Leading the mighty Moors’ team is community development manager Ant Hasker and his son Jamie, assistant coach of the club’s under-tens side.
“The Ding Dong Derby Cup is a great idea because it’s not just for the big boys – non-league and grassroots teams can compete against them for a trophy,” said Hasker Snr.
“As we’re getting bigger and bigger as a club, it’s great to be involved in something like this and put Solihull Moors even more on the map.”
The Ding Dong Derby Cup gets its name from a phrase made famous by much-loved West Midlands broadcaster Tom Ross in describing local affairs down the years.
Tom, who hosts the Goalzone on Made in Birmingham (Sky Channel 117) on Fridays from 7pm, said: “Being a Birmingham fan, I was obviously delighted with the outcome of the first-ever Ding Dong Derby Cup last year.
“But it would be great if a non-league or grassroots club could push the big boys all the way this year – or even win it.
“With so many local clubs competing, it promises to be one hell of a Ding Dong Derby at the Great Birmingham 10k!”
David Hart, Communications Director at The Great Run Company, said: “This is a great chance for the hundreds of local clubs in the region, from all levels of the game, to come together and compete for silverware at the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k. May the fittest club win!”
To enter a team into the Ding Dong Derby Cup, visit the Great Birmingham 10k Business Challenge page: www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-10k/business-challenge
When filling in the ‘name of company’ box, simply type in the football club’s name followed by ‘Ding Dong Derby Cup’.
To enter the Great Birmingham 10k as an individual runner: www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-10k
Anyone who enters the 10k will receive a £10 discount for either the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon or Birmingham International Marathon. Also, all entrants for the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon or Birmingham International Marathon will earn a £10 discount for the Great Birmingham 10k.
To enter the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon: www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-run
To enter the Birmingham International Marathon: www.greatrun.org/birmingham-international-marathon