Over 70 staff take on the Leicester Marathon

Posted by lcj11 at Oct 26, 2016 11:15 AM |
Our staff braved a bitterly cold October morning to be a part of the Cummins Relay Challenge

Group photo half marathon

In the early hours of the morning on Sunday 23rd October over 70 University of Leicester staff dragged themselves from the comfort of their beds to compete in the Cummins Relay Challenge as part of the Leicester Half-Marathon.

With 12 staff teams entered through the University, as well as 6 independently entered teams, our competitors made up a large bulk of the runners on the day. Even our very own Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle, laced up his running trainers for the cause – with his team even finishing in a very respectable 4th place out of 52 teams on the day. As a collective the University managed to raise a total of £1800 for the LOROS Hospice by entry fees alone; an achievement that all should those involved should be extremely proud of.

Furthermore staff and students from the University also competed in the individual Half-Marathon. Most notably Joanna Male, a medical student, finished in 5th place in the women’s category; a fantastic achievement. Joanna was not the only medical student entered in the race however with 13 medics from the University of Leicester Medics Rugby Club taking part in both the Half and Full Marathon, all of whom were raising money for Cancer Research.

medics half marathon                ULRFC marathon

Alongside these students was our very own Senior Wellbeing Advisor, Melanie Wright, who ran the Half-Marathon as something of a warm up for the Las Vegas Marathon she will be running in November. Melanie will be raising money for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, an organisation that works together to find treatments and provide care to children suffering from these terrible diseases, if anyone wishes to donate to Melanie’s cause head to her donation page.

With so many staff and students involved in this event we spoke to the University of Leicester’s Head of Sport & Recreation, Matt Weir, who commented:

‘I would like to extend my congratulations to all those involved in the Leicester Marathon yesterday, particularly to the University of Leicester staff who I’m sure will be feeling the effects this morning. With over 80 University staff members involved in the event we are extremely proud of the efforts made by all, furthermore this only goes to show the comradery and team spirit that runs right the way through the University.’

Following the success of this event the University are now looking ahead to the Town and Gown 10K run which we are organising in partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK. The run will be taking place on March 5th 2017 and we are encouraging all students and staff to get involved with this great cause, whether that be as a participant or volunteer.

Race registration is just £16 so head over to their website if you are interested in participating. Alternatively if you are interested in acting as a volunteer get in contact with our Leicester Academy Coordinator Faith Adegoke – foa14@le.ac.uk

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