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Over 200 property professionals race to end youth homelessness in second LandAid Midlands 10K

Tom Gellatly | 17.09.18

**Race times available at the bottom of the page**

In the week before Revo, more than 200 property professionals from across the industry pounded the streets of Birmingham in their race to end youth homelessness in Friday’s second annual LandAid Midlands 10K, sponsored by St. Modwen, the expert developer and regeneration specialist.

Competitive spirits ran high at LandAid’s second Midlands run, which featured a 5K course for the first time this year. In the Fastest Male Under 45 10K race, Stephen Garrett of Savills UK was first across the line, setting a time of 00:33:45. Loretta Soffe of Eversheds Sutherland won the Fastest Female Under 45 10K race with a time of 00:40:52.

The times in the 5K course were similarly tight. Hugo Orchard-Lisle of MHA London set a time of 00:18:14 in the first ever 5K race, winning the Fastest 5K prize.

In the Fastest Male Veteran category, Andy Clayton of St. Modwen was crowned the victor, finishing the 10K with a time of 00:39:43. Ann Chance of St Francis Group clinched the Fastest Female Veteran award, crossing the line after 00:50:37.

Other congratulations are also in order: Cushman & Wakefield LLP were the champions in the Fastest Team category, setting a team time of 03:05:39. Gina Dixon from St. Modwen was the winner of the Highest Individual Fundraiser award, while MHA London were the company with the Highest Company Fundraising total before the event.

Thanks to the efforts of the property industry coming together to help end youth homelessness, LandAid has already raised more than £26,000 from this year’s race, which was hosted and sponsored by St. Modwen in and around Longbridge town centre.

Every penny raised from this year’s LandAid Midlands 10K will help to fund local youth homelessness charity St Basils to renovate 24 one-bed flats and 24 studio apartments for vulnerable young people.

The renovation will improve the energy efficiency of St Basils’ Edmonds Court accommodation, creating warm and comfortable homes for the young residents and making the cost of living there more affordable, so they can save for the future.

This was the second LandAid Midlands 10K. The event was booked out quickly, and saw runners from all over the property industry in the Midlands taking part, including competitors from companies such as St. Modwen, GVA, Eversheds Sutherland, and BNP Paribas Real Estate.

Paul Morrish, Chief Executive Officer at LandAid, said: “This year’s event was another resounding success for LandAid and the property industry in the Midlands, proving that when we unite as a sector we can achieve truly incredible things. Having run the race myself I can confidently say that every runner who took part today deserves all the praise which I hope they receive – it’s a very challenging course and every one of them is a hero for undertaking such a challenge all in the name of ending youth homelessness. Congratulations all round!”

Rupert Wood, St. Modwen’s CSR chair, said: “We are honoured to sponsor and host such a fun, friendly and fantastic cause for the second year. We place great importance in transforming, optimising and improving people’s lives through our projects and we are proud to support the excellent work that LandAid does which we see as truly aligned to our purpose: changing place and creating better futures.

“Through our many projects we lead the way in delivering longstanding sustainable communities and creating opportunities for growth in areas that truly need it across the country.”