The Chocolate 5k Obstacle Rush takes place at Cofton Park where sweet-toothed Brummies will tackle giant inflatables in pursuit of tasty treats

Organised by Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, the city’s tastiest obstacle course takes place on Saturday 26th September and will see participants climb, slide and jump as they race to pick up their sweet reward at the finish line.

Chocolate enthusiasts will have to take on eight obstacles during the course, including the exhilarating ‘Tipping See Saw’, the ‘Ball Dodge’, and the challenging ‘Wobbly Bridge’ – where entrants have to keep their balance as they race across inflatable bridges.

Alongside the course, there will be music and street food to enjoy, as well as a chance to win prizes with a charity raffle and tombola.


All sponsorship raised will go towards Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, which provides vital care to local people and their loved ones who are living with life-limiting illness.

Rachel Shuttleworth, a triage nurse at Birmingham St Mary’s, took on the Hospice’s first Chocolate 5k Obstacle Rush last year and will taking it on again this year.

She said: “I enjoyed every moment of the Chocolate 5k Obstacle Rush last year and didn’t stop laughing as our team of nurses attempted to jump, climb or dive over the obstacles. If you love a challenge or you’re just in it for the chocolate, the Obstacle Rush is a really fun and tasty way to spend time with loved ones whilst supporting a fantastic local charity.

This year, all chocolate at the event is kindly donated by high-quality chocolate producer, Ritter Sport. The company’s managing director, Benedict Daniels, said: “At Ritter Sport, we are hugely passionate about partnering with charities to encourage positive change within our societies.

Our entire team will be participating on the day and whilst we may not break any speed records, we will throw everything we have into making the event a massive success for such a fantastic cause.”

It will cost £9 million to run the Hospice’s vital services this year, over 60 per cent of which must come from voluntary donations.

The Chocolate 5k Obstacle Rush

• Saturday 26th September at Cofton Park – Longbridge

• Opens at 9:30am, with the race taking place in waves from 10.30am to 3pm.

• Tickets bought in advance cost £26, or £24 per person when booked as a team of five. (Prices go up if booked on the day.)

How your money helps

  • £20 could help fund tasty meals for people being cared for at the hospice
  • £50 could help someone receive expert nursing care in their own home
  • £100 could help a family recover after the death of a loved one.

To book your place or to find out more, visit HERE.


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