The hunt is on for the region's fittest and fastest firms with entries open for this year's Great Birmingham Run and 10k Business Challenge.

The challenge is open to small, medium and large businesses to compete in the Great Birmingham 10k on Sunday, May 1, or the Great Birmingham Run half marathon on Sunday, October 16.

With thoughts on new year fitness resolutions, the Business Challenge is supported by the Birmingham Post and is a perfect training target for colleagues to aim at, according to the events' organisers.

David Hart, communications director for the Great Birmingham Run events, said: "We'd love to see a record number of entries in both the Great Birmingham 10k and half marathon, from companies of all sizes across the Midlands."

Business Challenge teams must be a minimum of four people and a maximum of eight but companies can enter as many teams as they want in male, female or mixed-sex categories.

Mixed teams must have a minimum of two men and two women.

Team members must be 16 years of age or over on race day and placings are based on the accumulated first four finishing times in each team.

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 while winning teams will receive trophies.

Companies taking part in the Great Birmingham Run in October will also feature in a special collector's edition magazine featuring all Business Challenge entries.

Visit to enter the 10k Business Challenge or to enter the Great Birmingham Run half marathon Business Challenge.

To enter the races as an individual, click here for the 10k and here for the half marathon.