Great Birmingham Run 2016: Commercial property agency LSH up for Business Challenge
Commercial real estate experts Lambert Smith Hampton will be hoping the Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge trophy becomes their property after entering a team in the annual event.
Eleven runners from the Edmund Street office of the property consultancy are entering the half marathon to raise funds for the company’s charity partner, Edward’s Trust.
To date, LSH has raised more than £6,000 for Edward’s Trust through a variety of events such as raffles, cake sales and other activities.
The Edgbaston-based charity supports children and families who are facing loss and surviving bereavement.
The Great Birmingham Run is one of the country’s biggest half marathons with more than 20,000 people expected to hit the streets on Sunday October 16.
Supported by the Birmingham Post, The Business Challenge sees companies compete against each other for trophies with placings based on the accumulated first four finishing times in each team.
More than 400 runners took part in the Great Birmingham 10K Business Challenge on Sunday, May 1, representing over 40 companies from a variety of industries.
Any company that enters 12 or more employees will automatically receive a free, personalised engraved plaque in the name of the fastest runner in the team.
Companies taking part will also feature in a special collector’s edition magazine featuring all Business Challenge entries.
Tim Simmons, a director in the agency’s valuation team, explained this is the first time LSH will have entered the Business Challenge.
“I’ve done the half marathon once before as an individual runner but thought we’d take on the challenge this year as a team for Edward’s Trust,” he said.
“A mixture of teams and roles from across the business will be coming together, all with various running abilities.
“We’ll try to stick together during the run as much as we can and I’ll have to try my hardest not to drag the team down!” he joked.
Helen Wood, Marketing and Fundraising Executive for Edward’s Trust, thanked LSH for their support.
“We like to build up our relationships with businesses in the Birmingham area,” she said.
“The half marathon is a big deal for us as our head office is on the route.
“We open up the office and have a cheering station with all our banners out to make a big day of it.
“We rely on companies like Lambert Smith Hampton supporting us. It doesn’t matter what time they do, it’s all about supporting us and having fun.”
After being told a winning team in last year’s Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge came from the East Midlands (Sigma Components) Tim has a message for the Birmingham’s business community.
“We need to step up this year to make sure there’s a firm from Birmingham among the top finishers,” he said.
Sign up for the Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge by visiting https://www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-run/business-challenge
To sign up for the Great Birmingham Run as an individual runner visit https://www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-run
To support LSH and its fundraising for Edward’s Trust visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LSHGreatBirminghamRun
This article was written on behalf of Edwin Ellis Creative Media client The Great Run Company