The Olympic and world medallist will be among those taking part in the event in April

One of Britain’s most distinguished athletes, Liz McColgan-Nuttall, will be among those taking part in this year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K on Sunday April 30.

The Olympic, world and Commonwealth medallist will join the 7000 people running, jogging or walking this year’s event and will be honorary captain of the Scotland team running the 10km as part of the Commonwealth Games challenge.

McColgan-Nuttall won Commonwealth 10,000m gold medals at both the 1986 Games in Edinburgh and 1990 Games in Auckland and also claimed Olympic silver in 1988 in Seoul and world gold in 1991 in Tokyo.

The Commonwealth Games challenge aims to highlight Birmingham’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026. Runners from as many Commonwealth nations as possible are being sought to represent their countries and make the 10km a truly international event.

Applicants interested in representing their Commonwealth nation or territory should apply via a dedicated email address, [email protected], and be able to confirm they are a passport holder or born in the relevant Commonwealth nation.

“The Commonwealth Games were one of the highlights of my athletics career,” said McColgan-Nuttall. “Winning in Edinburgh was my first gold in a major championship and to do it in front of my home crowd was an experience I’ll never forget. To defend my Commonwealth title four years later in Auckland was also very special.

“I’m very happy to be honorary captain of Scotland at the Great Birmingham 10K and I’m sure the event will help the city’s ambitions to host the Commonwealth Games.”

The University of Birmingham already have a large team signed up to take part in the event and have pledged to support the Commonwealth campaign.

The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K is accessible to a range of abilities, whether you walk, jog or run the route. For those looking for a bigger challenge, it’s also a great training run in preparation for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half-marathon or the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon to be held in the city in October.

To enter, visit greatrun.org/birmingham10k. The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K will be televised live on Channel 5.