The BBC’s online sub-editors and digital leaders formed a 23-person strong team of runners to take on the Great Birmingham 10k in memory of their dear friend and much-loved colleague Roger Bryson who died last year.
And the ‘Substandards’ team proved to be so much more than their name! Everyone finished the race - and even took third prize in their team category.
Many of the team had never run competitively before (or worn Lycra). But between them they managed raise more than £3,000 for St John’s Hospice in the Wirral, the place that cared for Roger and his family.
Roger was one of the first sub editors on the Birmingham-based team when it was founded at BBC Pebble Mill 15 years ago and it was while working with Digital England he met and married fellow BBC journalist Julia. But sadly, not long before the birth of their second child, Florence, he became seriously ill.
After a long period of ill health, Roger was diagnosed with inoperable bowel cancer.
BBC Digital England editor and Birmingham Press Club board member Eileen Murphy said: “Roger was a newspaper man who was in the first wave of digital journalism and helped build the foundations for the BBC website as we know it today. To top it all he was an amazing workmate and friend and our team spirit for the run came from our love for him and our BBC colleague Julia. Rog was a keen runner and it seemed a fitting way to raise money for a great cause.”
If you would still like to contribute to the Substandard team’s fundraising efforts the JustGiving page is still open - https://www.justgiving.com/substandards