More than 400 runners from companies across the Midlands have made this year’s Bupa Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge the biggest ever.
Thirty-seven teams have taken up the call to swap their desks for the pavements of Birmingham on Sunday, October 20, where they will be amongst a record number of almost 20,000 runners taking on the 13.1 mile course.
Paralympic champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds is this year’s honorary starter.
Businesses who have entered include Jaguar Land Rover, Deutsche Bank, Peugeot Motor Company, Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Browne Jacobson, Vax Ltd, Free Radio, Liquid and last year’s Business Challenge winners, The Phoenix Group.
There are prizes for the first three teams in each category of business – small, medium and large – with placings based on the accumulated first 4 finishing times in each team.
Every team that has entered 12 or more employees will also receive their own personalised company engraved plaque.
David Hart, communications director for the Bupa Great Birmingham Run, said: “It’s great to see such a diverse range of businesses support the Midlands’ biggest ever half marathon.
“The Business Challenge is growing in popularity every year, and it’s a great way to generate team spirit in the workplace.”
Entries for the half marathon are now closed, but the Junior and Mini events are still open – enter at www.greatrun.org/birmingham
FULL LIST OF BUSINESSES TAKING PART:
Birmingham City Football Club , Birmingham – 11 runners
Blackstone Wealth Management , Walsall – 11 runners
Browne Jacobson , Birmingham – 15 runners
CCl Group Ltd , Stratford – 6 runners
Citadel Chambers , Birmingham – 7 runners
The Co-operative Energy , Warwick – 7 runners
Coventry Telegraph , Coventry – 6 runners
Deutsche Bank , Birmingham – 20 runners
Fire Safe Services Ltd , Worcestershire – 8 runners
Free Radio , Birmingham – 9 runners
Geese Theatre Company , Birmingham – 12 runners
Gleeson Recruitment Group , Birmingham – 15 runners
Grayson Thermal Systems , Birmingham – 5 runners
Harrison Clark Rickerbys , Worcester – 16 runners
HSBC , Birmingham – 25 runners
Jaguar Land Rover , Castle Bromwich – 9 runners
Johnson and Johnson , Solihull – 5 runners
JW Hinks LLP , Birmingham – 14 runners
Liquid PR , Stoke Prior – 4 runners
Mainstay Group Limited , Worcester – 25 runners
Maxey Moverley , Redditch – 15 runners
Nec Group , Birmingham – 5 runners
Newman Gauge Ltd , Birmingham – 8 runners
Ninas Country Kitchen , Birmingham – 4 runners
Pell Frischmann , Birmingham – 10 runners
Penguin Recruitment Ltd , Birmingham – 4 runners
Peugeot Motor Company , Coventry – 25 runners
The Phoenix Group , Wythall – 40 runners
Shoosmiths LLP , Birmingham – 11 runners
Shropshire Star , Telford – 6 runners
Sytner BMW , Birmingham – 13 runners
Tata Motors European Technical Centre plc , Coventry – 12 runners
Tony Gee and Partners , Quinton – 5 runners
Trinity Mirror plc , Birmingham – 10 runners
TTC (Lifting Gear) Ltd , Cradley Heath – 4 runners
Vax Ltd , Birmingham – 45 runners
Virgin Media , Sheldon – 4 runners