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Council chief to fly flag for Black Country in marathon

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Dudley Council boss Sarah Norman is hoping to complete a West Stride Story as she trains for a London marathon this autumn, while dressed as Black Country Woman.

The chief executive is in training for the Richmond Runfest, which takes place in the capital city on Sunday September 16.  And the energetic executive will fly the flag for the region by running in the red, black and white colours of the Black Country flag.

Sarah, who is a keen runner, is using this marathon effort to raise money for the Mayor of Dudley's chosen charities and is calling for people to donate to these local causes.  The charities picked by Councillor Alan Taylor are Headway Black Country, which specialises in supporting people with an acquired brain injury; White House Cancer Support, which supports people with cancer, their families and friends; and The Hope Centre, Halesowen, a charity with a Christian ethos which looks to provide practical and emotional support to people at their point of need.

Sarah Norman, chief executive of Dudley Council, said:

I have enjoyed running for a long time and I try to compete in a marathon every year.
This time I have decided to use my hobby to raise money for three excellent local charities.
All of them provide valuable help for people in the Black Country and I hope that people will use this opportunity to donate and help people in need.

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