800 professionals from across the property and construction sectors put their best foot forward for young homeless people at yesterday’s LandAid 10K sponsored by Bilfinger GVA.
Personal bests were smashed and course records set as hundreds of property runners raced around a challenging 10K course at the new LandAid 10K location of Clapham Common. In the men’s race Michael Wright of Watts Group out-sprinted Matthew Janes of Malcolm Hollis in the final straight to cross the line in a time of 33:57. Emma Huepfl of Laxfield Capital won the Fastest Female Over 45 category and was the first woman home in a time of 43:05.
The event, now in its 20th year, has become one of the property industry’s most popular sporting challenges with places for this year’s 10K in high demand.
Justin James of Bilfinger GVA was crowned Fastest Male Over 45 with a time of 41:13 whilst Emily Lockeof Native Land took the title of Fastest Female Under 45, completing the course in 44:48. Special plaudits also go to the Bilfinger GVA Cruisers who were awarded the Fastest Team prize. Spratley Studios took gold in the team fundraising race, having raised over £1,500 before the event, and Jorge Mendonca of Grosvenor was crowned Best Individual Fundraiser, having collected £1,065 for LandAid.
Other finishers included Kent Gardener, CEO of Evans Randall and John Munday, CEO of Paragon as well as LandAid CEO Paul Morrish. Several runners chose to race in elaborate costumes in a bid to raise more funds for LandAid, including three daring individuals who dressed as a penguin, a chicken and a man riding a bear.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the industry, LandAid has already raised over £60,000 of its £100,000 target. LandAid is encouraging all runners to keep fundraising following the event to help us hit our goal. All donations will help LandAid to bring empty street properties around the UK back into use as homes for young people at severe risk of homelessness. It costs approximately £30,000 to convert an empty property into a safe, affordable home for two young people.
Paul Morrish, Chief Executive of LandAid, said: ‘Yesterday’s LandAid 10k saw hundreds of runners and non-runners lacing up and racing across the wonderful Clapham Common raising funds to help tackle youth homelessness. Whether dressed as a chicken, or riding a bear, that so many trained, ran and raised cash highlights the fantastic opportunity we have as THE property industry charity to make a real difference. And thanks to Bilfinger GVA’s support for the 10th year in a row, it was the biggest and best ever. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped make it such a great day.’
Gerry Hughes, Chief Executive of Bilfinger GVA, said: ‘This is now our 10th year as headline sponsor of LandAid’s 10K run and I’m delighted by the huge number of people who have taken part, not only from Bilfinger GVA, but across the property industry. This is now a firmly established event in the calendar and is growing in popularity every year. LandAid makes a really significant difference to so many young people’s lives across the country and we are delighted to continue to support it in every way we can.’
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