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BL Marathon runners raise thousands for charity

Friday 3 May 2013

Staff and students from across BL took part in the London Marathon on Sunday 21 March, raising thousands of pounds for good causes.

QMSU Volunteering recruited some 80 students to act as marshals on the 18th mile of the 26 mile, 365 yard, course. Along the route at Canary Wharf they kept runners and spectators safe and informed, helping the event’s 35,000 participants raise over £50m for charity. 12 BL RAG students also ran the London Marathon this year, each raising over £1,000 at least.

Dr John Broad, from the Blizard Institute, raised over £2,600 for his charity, Bowel & Cancer Research. He says: “This was my first marathon so I was rather nervous. Having put a lot into the training I was pretty confident I could run that far, but I didn’t want to let anyone down! Bowel & Cancer Research funds some of the research we do in the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation, so to complete the marathon for them was my main target.

“The silence just before the start for the victims of the Boston marathon was very moving. The crowds throughout the route were so supportive; I have never experienced anything like it. Crossing Tower Bridge was brilliant, and during the last six miles the crowd were making so much noise. I finished in four hours 11 minutes, not a bad time but something I can definitely beat next time.”

Lucy Price, General Manager at the Institute of Dentistry, ran her first marathon to raise money for Cruse Bereavement Care. She raised over £1,400 for the charity, smashing her original target of £400. “I completed the marathon in 4 hours 40 minutes and 40 seconds and was really pleased,” says Lucy. “The two highlights were coming round the corner to see the Cutty Sark looking glorious in the sunshine, with crowds about 12 deep, and crossing Tower Bridge at the 12 mile mark – the crowd support was incredible and you just couldn’t stop running! A brilliant experience.”

Did you run in the London Marathon? Get in touch and tell us your story! Email student-update@qmul.ac.uk.

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