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Loughborough University Green Belt Relay 2015
Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:18:00 BST

 GBR 2015 with shield x 528

The green belt relay 2015 consisted of 30 teams of 11 running 220 miles around London over 2 days, each runner doing a stage of around 10 miles each day. It Started at Hampton Court palace and followed the Thames westward before circumnavigating the green belt clockwise with an overnight stop in Brentwood. A quick image is Heathrow to Heathrow on the M25 with a stop at Dartford Tunnel. The reality is a quite a bit different: infinitely more green and scenic but unfortunately a little further. 

GBR Hampton Court x 390 hor

The Loughborough Team: Rachel Thomson , Matthew Parker, Adrian Spencer, Stephen Lilley, Steve Rothberg, Anna Leather, Emily Ault, Steven Kenny, James Smith, Chris Scott, plus Malcolm Cook, Keith Yendall supported by Rhian Watt, Pat Storer, Rawinder Nottra and John Harris, representing staff from across the campus. Steve Kenny drew up the logistics plan and there were many places it could have gone badly wrong, but the team were able to follow the instructions and avoid any significant traffic delays to get to the start lines on time.

Keith GBR 2015 x 200 vert

Leading the team of staff is the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Steve Rothberg, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2009. After 18 months of treatment, Steve received a life-saving bone marrow transplant after a donor was identified through Anthony Nolan’s register.  In 2010, whilst Steve was undergoing treatment, the University organised a donor drive for Anthony Nolan that attracted the highest number of recruits from any UK university to date.  A team of University runners – including former 5000m world record holder and alumni David Moorcroft, OBE – took part in the Round Leicester Relay in 2010 raising over £6000 for the charity."

Steve R GBR x 250 hor

“When I was ill, acts of kindness from friends and colleagues like the donor-drive and the fundraising run meant so much. They really helped to keep me strong and positive during some pretty dark times.” said Steve. He continued: “I promised the team that I’d run with them when I was better and now the time has come! We’re running because every 20 minutes someone in the UK is told they have a blood cancer such as leukaemia and for many a bone marrow transplant is their only chance.”

We will be hoping to do a second event in the QE park as a much shorter relay team so the story could continue a little. http://www.runbritain.com/diamond-relays-2015

We congratulate our colleagues on their great achievement and wish them the best of luck in all of their future running endeavours!


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