BIRMINGHAM, UK, 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Monday 11th May, Birmingham: Two of Britain’s top high jump athletes treated the passing crowd to a unique training session in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ahead of two major events taking place in the city as part of the Sainsbury’s Summer Series.
The city centre landmark was transformed into an athletics training facility, with spectators enjoying a lunchtime exhibition from Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz and British Universities champion David Smith.
The event was staged ahead of the world’s best athletes arriving in the city for the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix next month – 7th June. Birmingham will also host the Sainsbury’s British Championships in July – 3-5th July.
Robbie Grabarz, who trains and lives in Birmingham, said: “Birmingham has a long history of athletics and it was great to give the people of the city a unique insight into how we train. It was fantastic to see such enthusiasm from people in Victoria Square, and I’m sure people in the city will be looking forward to next month’s Sainsbury’s Grand Prix and the Sainsbury’s British Championships in July.”
David Smith, aged 23, also trains in Birmingham. He said he enjoyed the chance to take athletics to the people of the city.
David said: “It was really fun to hold an exhibition in Victoria Square and show the public what the high jump is all about. The city of Birmingham always gets behind our British athletes and I hope people will turn out in force again at the Alexander Stadium this summer.”
Darren Sinclair, Zone Managing Director for the Central Region at Sainsbury’s said:“As the event partner for British Athletics, we are once again looking forward to a great Summer Series, with two major events planned on our doorstep in Birmingham. The Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix is sure to be a fantastic event to kick off our outdoor event season, and the region will no doubt be showing their support for our home grown athletes.”
Tickets are on sale now for the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday 7th June and the Sainsbury’s British Championships on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July. For details, see: www.britishathletics.org.uk
Sainsbury’s is a proud partner of British Athletics. The partnership reflects Sainsbury’s wider commitment to inspiring healthy lifestyles for all, and complements grassroots campaigns such as Active Kids and the Sainsbury’s School Games. For more information see: www.sainsburys.co.uk