200 race to end youth homelessness at first ever LandAid Midlands 10K

Over 200 professionals from across the property and construction sectors raced to end youth homelessness this week at the inaugural LandAid Midlands 10K.

Competition was fierce at the event, sponsored by St.Modwen, as runners raced to set records for property’s newest 10K.

In the men’s race, Robert Dowse of Pinsent Masons crossed the line first in a time of 40:49.0. He was closely followed by Abby Halcarz of Opus Land, who came out on top in the women’s race with a time of 42:00.8.

Jonathan Green of St. Modwen was crowned Fastest Male Over 45 with a time of 42:30.5, whilst Kathy Toon of Shoosmiths took the title of fastest female in the same category, completing the course in 51:34.9.

Special congratulations also went to Catesby Estates who were awarded the Fastest Team prize, James Sinclair from Cushman & Wakefield who achieved the highest individual fundraising total, and GVA who had the highest company fundraising total ahead of the event.

Victoria Turnbull, chair of the LandAid Midlands Board, said: “Yesterday saw the first ever LandAid Midlands 10K take place and what a brilliant day it was! I was proud to see so many runners from across the property industry join the race to end youth homelessness in the Midlands.

“Thanks to their incredible effort and fundraising, we can give more young people facing homelessness a safe place to live and the support to reach their potential. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped to make the event such a success. I’m already looking forward to next year’s race.”

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the industry, LandAid has already raised £25,000 from the race. LandAid will use all donations from this year’s LandAid Midlands 10K to help fund local charity St Basils to convert an empty property into a home for 18 young people at risk of homelessness.

This project will renovate the empty, former nurses’ accommodation block in the grounds of Sandwell Hospital, West Bromwich, to provide genuinely affordable accommodation for young people. It will create 18 bed spaces arranged in nine flats for young people who are working or doing apprenticeships but are unable to afford local rents.

Mark Allan, chief executive at St. Modwen Properties, said: “The LandAid Midlands 10k run was a fantastic event and we are very proud to have hosted and sponsored the first of what we hope will be many runs to come. Longbridge offered a great backdrop for the day; we have created a community which betters people’s futures, and I am sure that the funds raised today will likewise help deliver positive change to young people facing homelessness not far from our flagship project.”

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