A CHARITY fun run in aid of blood cancer research is celebrating 30 years in Bromsgrove.

Bloodwise Bromsgrove was launched in 1988 by Nicole Harris, just months before her nine-year-old son Marc died from leukaemia.

The first fun run was held at Barnsley Hall, later moving to Bromsgrove Rugby Club, where Nicole will be leading the 30th anniversary run on Sunday, May 13.

Nicole said: "The run has become very popular over the years. We started out with around 100 runners and now attract more than 500.

"It was something I thought we'd just do once, because my son had just died from cancer, but people kept asking for us to do it again and some of the runners have been doing the fun run for the full 30 years.

"I'm so grateful to those people as we couldn't have raised so many thousands of pounds without them.

"Last year's run raised more than £27,000. Hopefully we can match that again this year."

Participants can run a 5k or 10k course, both starting at 11am from Finstall Road, where there will also be a barbecue, shopping stalls and sports massages.

Entry is priced from £13. Visit bloodwise.org.uk or email nicnoelharris@aol.com for more information.