MORE than 250 people took part in a series of races through Longbridge and Cofton Park to try to help end youth homelessness.

Professionals from across the Midlands took part in the St. Modwen Charity 10K and 5K races, raising more than £26,000 for LandAid, the property industry charity.

Runners from leading property and professional services organisations took on the rolling hills and rough terrain in a bid to raise vital funds to help young people locally affected by homelessness.

Now in its third year, the St. Modwen Charity Run has seen more than 650 runners take to the pavements of Longbridge to raise more than £75,000 for LandAid.

Through its partnership with Birmingham-based charity, St. Basil’s, money raised has been used to renovate homes to provide safe, secure and affordable accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness in the Midlands.

Mark Allan, chief executive of St. Modwen, said: “It was an honour for St. Modwen to both organise and sponsor this year’s Midlands run for LandAid and welcome so many leading organisations to our home in Longbridge.

"The work that LandAid does to support young people locally reinforces our mission to make a positive impact in our communities and brings to life our purpose of changing places and creating better futures.

“We are incredibly grateful to everybody that took part, fundraised, sponsored and volunteered for helping to raise over £26,000 for the charity and for putting on such a well-received event.”