University runners go the extra mile for children's brain tumours

Robin Hood Marathon group shot
19 Sep 2017 17:09:24.903

Over the last few months the University of Nottingham has been busy recruiting runners to join its Robin Hood Mini, Half and Full Marathon team to raise money for the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) — this year’s chosen Impact Campaign charity.

So far, over 200 personal fundraising pages have been set up by members of the University’s ‘UoN 500 Runs the Robin Hood’ team.

The team set out to look for runners of all abilities and appealed to people staff, students, alumni, friends and members of the community to sign up for the challenge in an attempt to hit the marathon fundraising target of £40,000.

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Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Science, Professor Kevin Shakesheff, who organised the team and the Robin Hood Marathon fundraising campaign, said: “It’s fantastic that so many staff, students, alumni and friends of the University have taken up the challenge of running the Robin Hood for Life Cycle 7.

“The training organised by the staff at the David Ross Sports Village has been very popular and there has been a real community feel to the team as it has grown.”

The popular annual Robin Hood Marathon, which will take place on Sunday 24 September, has been held in Nottingham every year since 1981, and last year saw more than 10,000 people take part in the three races combined.  

Starting and finishing from Victoria Embankment, the runners of the full 26-mile route will take in some of Nottingham’s most historic and scenic sights, including Nottingham Castle, Wollaton Park, the National Water Sports Centre and the University of Nottingham’s University Park Campus. 

Over the past six years, the University’s Nottingham Life Cycle fundraising team — a passionate and dedicated group of cyclists, led by University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway — have braved all weathers to cycle the length and breadth of the UK to raise money for different charities. Life Cycle has raised over £2.3 million to date for life-changing research and student support at the University.

This year, Life Cycle 7 will mark the 20th year that the Children’s Brain Rumour Research Centre has been at the forefront of leading research and the University wants to raise £500,000 to celebrate this momentous milestone.

Each year, hundreds of children and their families are faced with the frightening diagnosis of a brain tumour. Those who survive are often left with disabilities as a result of intensive treatments. And though great strides have been made in treating childhood brain tumours, more research is still urgently needed to help more children to go on to lead healthy, happy lives.

People can donate via the Life Cycle 7 Just Giving page.

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Notes to editors: 

The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.

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