Manchester Business Challenge To Be Bigger Than Ever

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To enter the 2017 Great Manchester Run Business Challenge visit: Greatrun.org/Manchester

The Business Challenge is back for the Great Manchester Run in 2017 – and this time it is bigger and better than ever.

Companies of all sizes in Manchester's booming business sector will once more battle it out in Europe's biggest 10k run, with the event extended to include a half marathon on May 28, 2017.

The Business Challenge has become an annual fixture in the calendar of Manchester businesses, taking place as part of the 10K which sees 30,000 wind their way through city centre streets.

And now, runners can take part in a half marathon on the same day, the new 13.1 mile route taking in the Etihad Stadium, Old Trafford and the Mancunian Way.

Last year, more than 250 companies and organisations entered more than 3,300 runners to compete for the prize of Manchester's Greatest Businesses and raise hundreds of thousands for local and national charities.

With two distances to choose from in 2017 it is expected that even more companies are expected to enter male, female or mixed teams of 4-8 runners to compete for the trophy awarded to the fastest small, medium and large businesses across the categories.

The Great Run Company chief executive Mark Hollinshead said: “Many Manchester companies have taken up the Business Challenge as a great tool for team building.

“With more businesses entering more runners than ever before in the 2016 Great Manchester Run, we're looking forward to seeing this grow even bigger with the addition of the half marathon to the existing 10K.

“Running is a social pastime and there are definite gains to be made for companies entering teams into the Business Challenge.

“It's a case of healthy body, healthy mind, healthy business.”

Arup took the 2016 prize in the large business category, the construction firm's team achieving a time of 2.39.10.

Manchester Grammar School scooped the medium business title with 2.35.23 while Shimadzu Research Manchester were fastest small business, clocking 2.51.08.

There are different prize categories and all businesses that enter 12 or more people into the event will receive a free engraved plaque to present to their fastest runner.

For more information and to enter, visit Greatrun.org/Manchester