Family owned property company Bruntwood is showing some serious intent for the first ever Morrisons Great Birmingham 10k.

The team of seven, which is entering the 'Business Challenge', includes four strong runners all of whom are aiming for times of under 40 minutes.

The Bruntwood Birmingham team line-up includes Adam Soley, Henry Valentine, Jamie Boulger, Rob Valentine and Steve Brooks.

Team co-ordinator Philip Stephenson said: "Bruntwood is generally a really active organisation and we enter teams in a number of events throughout the country from triathlons and trail races to abseils and swims.

"We even have our own 55-mile cycle ride, The Bruntwood Ellipse.

"When we heard about the Great Birmingham 10k we thought this would be an ideal opportunity for our Birmingham team to put their running prowess to the test and raise some money along the way.

"Everyone is running regularly now and we try to get a run in together on a Friday lunchtime depending on people's diaries."

Mr Soley, who works as part of the reception team at Cornwall Buildings in Newhall Street, runs for the Tipton Harriers and recently finished second in the Silverstone Half Marathon.

He is hoping to beat his time of 33.17 at the recent Trafford 10k while placement student Henry Valentine is captain of The University of Nottingham's track and field team and currently ranked top nationally for 10k under-23 age category.

Bruntwood, which owns and manages over 140 properties across four UK cities, has its own charity and the Birmingham team is aiming to raise £20,000 over three years.

The Great Birmingham 10k is taking place on May 3 and entries are now open.

Any size of company can take part in the Business Challenge and enter male, female or mixed teams which must have a minimum of two men and two women.

Teams must have four to eight runners but a company can enter as many teams as it wishes. All participants must be 16 years of age or over on race day.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three teams in each category. For more details and to enter visit