It gives me great pleasure to announce that myself (Becky Doyle) Andy Whelan, Matthew Holden-Jones, Paul rivers, Tim Andrews, PJ Ellis, Ian Dutton, Garry Rowett, Si Smith, Richard Beale and Chris O'Brien Have been lucky enough to secure confirmed places for The Virgin London Marathon 2016. We will be running to support Liam's Smiles to raise awareness and much needed funds for the support and research of Meningitis Now who we already have donated £15,583.00 from BCFC End of Season awards thanks to the help of EZE Group and Love Brum which is a organisation that is set up to find hard-to-reach projects doing great things for Birmingham. 100 per cent of the donations go back to Birmingham.
Matthew Holden-Jones, Founder and Managing Director
Matthew is Founder and Managing Director of H-J Wealth Planning Ltd. He helps both businesses and private clients effectively plan for their financial future, ensuring the highest level of service at all times.
Mathew has worked in the financial services industry since 1999. Before starting his own business he held a number of advisory and management positions for major banks including Lloyds TSB, HBOS and Santander. Matthew is qualified to Diploma level and is currently studying towards becoming a "Chartered Financial Planner", which is one of the highest external qualifications in his field.
Matt is a keen fundraiser which is reflected in the company's commitment to raising money for charity. He also enjoys lots of different sports; however golf is one of his passions. His most significant sporting achievement was completing the London Marathon in 2010 and he will be running it again for LoveBrum and Liams Smiles in April 2016! He also enjoys spending time with his wife, son and two daughters.
Mr Tim Andrews
Managing Director, Hollywood Monster, we are wondering when the Queen will be recognising him on her New Year honours list for all of his charity work.
Managing Director of Hollywood Monster, Tim has built a highly successful large format print and signage business.
Tim started the business with his father, originally from their family home’s loft space in Hollywood, Birmingham. Since then, Hollywood Monster has become one of the largest in its sector, supplying clients nationwide with a range of graphics and digitally printed products, and employing around 70 staff locally in Birmingham.
Tim and the business have a reputation for supporting local charities and community projects. In between Tim’s love for boating, Birmingham City FC, and the odd party, Tim has ran several marathons, over 100 half marathons, and cycles many countries in Europe. Along with organizing a host of charity events, all of which has help him raise in excess of £750,000 for local causes. This has also seen him pick up a number of accolades and be recognised as a leading corporate fundraiser.
Tim is Chairman and Trustee of LoveBrum, a local charity that unearths hidden gem projects, funds and supports them.
Tim loves that Birmingham is a friendly, multi-cultured city that is great to do business in. It’s a large village, with a city approach, and world-beating ambition.
Mr PJ Ellis
"Ex-Solicitor. Proud Dad. Bluenose. Golf-Nut. Philanthropist. Has cankles. Ricemedia. Taggr. Co-founder LoveBrum. MD bukbro. London Marathon 2016".
You can probably tell that he keeps himself busy.
A Brummie through and through, PJ is committed to making a difference. Running the marathon for LoveBrum and Liam's Smiles will help do just this. Raising money to support projects, families, and kids within Birmingham will definitely keep him going for those gruelling 26 miles, just as it did when he cycled 770 miles (from Switzerland to Birmingham), in seven days back in 2013.
He's never run a marathon before. So wish him luck.
Away from the above, PJ is a massive family man, and loves nothing better than chilling out with his wife Kelly, son Blake and daughter Minnie.
Andy has worked in the Public Sector for the last 30 years. He joined the Army straight from school and then joined West Midlands Police 14 years later where he still is today.
Andy is a keen fundraiser and in the last 25 years he has raised a significant amount for his chosen charities; most recently Birmingham Children’s Hospital where for the last 2 years he has been one of their ‘100 Heroes’. He enjoys most sports and has completed the London Marathon 7 times. On top of this Andy has completed the Marathon Des Sables (World’s toughest footrace), Ironman and other long distance cycling and running events. He does not consider himself to be particularly fit!
Liam’s Smiles and LoveBrum have inspired him to not only complete the London Marathon in April; he will also be completing a continuous Double Ironman in June which consists of a 4.8 mile swim, 232 mile bike ride and a 52 mile run. Andy is married with two young children and is known for his sharp dress sense in that he wears shorts and crocs all year round.
Mr Richard Beale
Birmingham City Reserve team manager for 6 years after playing professionally in the USA and Semi-Professional football in England playing over 500 games.
Mr Si Smith
Spent 10 years as a British Soldier served around the world. Left the Military and worked as a private bodyguard to 2 Billionaires including living with Mohammed Al Fayed. Last 4 years worked in Iraq as an Armed Bodyguard for BP and other major Oil companies. Now a New Business Manager for a Midlands based company.
Completed 4 Triathlons and aim to take part in an Ironman in 2016/17.
Part of the 7in7 cycling team who cycled from Switzerland to Birmingham (740 miles in 7 days) raising money for a local children's brain tumour charity - organised by Tim Andrews.
Live in Dorridge
Have 11 year old Daughter.
Mr Ian Dutton
Head of Commercial for Birmingham City Football Club, huge fan of the club and a very proud brummie!
I Started my working life 12 years ago as a outdoor activity instructor in France with a passion for windsurfing! I then had the opportunity for working for the club And sport I love and adore, and have never looked back!
I have met some magnificent people along the way, who have supported and guided me through my career, for whom I am truly blessed to meet! In fact, several who will be taking on this challenge with me.
I have a huge passion and hunger to help and support charities and community initiatives. Having previously cycled several charities bike rides, one to Amsterdam, as well as running the London Marathon 4 years ago! Raising over £10,000. I am hungry to do it again!!! I am also an ambassador for LoveBrum, who will be supporting Liam Smiles through this challenge.
I live and breath my beautiful daughter Olivia, she keeps my heart beating like a shining star every day of the week - and I thank god everyday that I such a beautiful inspiring little girl in my life.
It is an honour to be involved in the Marathon, supporting the wonderful lady Becky Doyle. Her son Liam is a true little soldier and such an inspiring brave young kid, through his long battle with meningitis his infectious smile still remains and I can't wait to spread the 'Liams Smiles' love far and wide, supporting families like the Doyle's!
Bring it on!!
Gary Rowett Manger of Birmingham City FC
Gary Rowett is currently the first team manger of championship Birmingham City FC Club where he enjoyed a spell playing for them between 1998-2000
My career quickly started off at Cambridge United and was swiftly followed by Everton, Derby, Leicester and Charlton athletics and subsequently Burton Albion. After a couple of years out of the games I was appointed assistant Manager to Paul Peschisolido at Burton Albion before taking charge myself in 2012. During this 2 year spell I tuck the club to the first division play offs and the following season to sixth place. However with Burton been top of the first division I decided to make the move to Birmingham City FC and enjoyed my first season at the club taking them to near play off places after been near relegation on my arrival.
I'm running the Virgin London Marathon to help raise awareness and money for my nominated charity Liam's Smiles in support of Colin and Becky Doyle's son Liam.
Wife to Colin Doyle, mother to Harry age 13, Ava age 7 and Liam age 5. I'm a full time mum, carer for Liam and active fundraiser.
After Liam battled meningitis at 7 weeks of age I was left heartbroken and alone. In March 2014 I trekked part of the Great Wall of China raising money for Meningitis Now. In the years that followed I watched my son battle against epilepsy and further meningitis. We watched him fight for his life and overcome each episode with a smile on his face. In October 2014 Liam's Smiles foundation was born supporting meningitis now.
In the last year I have done a charity ball for my son launching Liam's smiles and I speak about our journey as a family. On Boxing Day 2014 I started to run. Since that first run, I have ran 3 half marathons , two 10ks and four 5k runs. I have also have 3 mud runs and a fire walk!
So in April 2016 I will take on the Virgin London Marathon. To me it seems like the ultimate in running events and I take on this challenge with an amazing and supportive team who I'm honoured to be running along side with.
Mr Paul Rivers
Paul is a Silhillian, keen Blues fan and Chairman of RE:SYSTEMS, who provide web development and mobile App services to a wide range of clients.
After always saying I would never run a marathon (I have done several half marathons) I am inspired to finally do so by Becky and the work she does for Liam’s Smiles and her tireless devotion to looking after her family. It will be great to run with such a good group of brummies and I’m sure there will be a little competition over times!
Outside work, and of course football (!) I am a keen skier, to be found in the Alps most years as soon as the snow arrives, and I have also been know to entertain if there’s a piano around! I’m relying on the good guys at MK Health Hub to get me fit enough for the marathon, but I am thoroughly looking forward to it.
Every charity story is an personal one, and I am looking forward to writing my own personal chapter for Liam’s Smiles
'COB' - 27 years old, bit of a joker, never takes things too seriously, always up for a new challenge, laughs at his own jokes (cus he is only one that does!) loyal and hardworking man who is devoted to his family and friends and loves nothing better than spending good times with his wife Rachael.
Background / Qualified in I.T. and for the last 11 years working for Crimson Limited as a Senior IT Recruitment Consultant managing Business Development. Loves winning new clients!
Chris is an Ambassador for Love Brum who are supporting Liam's Smiles in the marathon.
Travelled and worked across Australia.
Jumped out of a plane from 14,000 ft.
Big Bluenose / Birmingham City FC supporter / Proud Brummie.
Winning and competitive mentality with a passion for running, cycling and assisting local charity organisations.
However this is the longest distance run he ever done so he'll be pushing myself along every single mile with the help of Liam's story which will be the key incentive to get him through
Birmingham City: Gary Rowett's marathon gesture to support Colin Doyle
Colin Doyle’s relationship with Birmingham City will extend beyond the expiration of his contract after Gary Rowett revealed he has offered to run the London Marathon to raise money for Doyle’s foundation.
“I have said to him if he can get me a London Marathon place I would like to run the marathon next year for his boy,” Rowett revealed.