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3 August 2010 | PR 10/123

David Moorcroft leads University relay team for Anthony Nolan charity

Loughborough University Relay Team

Loughborough University Vice Chancellor Shirley Pearce and Dean of Engineering Steve Rothberg with members of the relay team

Former 5000m world record holder David Moorcroft, OBE, is heading up a Loughborough University team competing in the Round Leicestershire Relay for Anthony Nolan, the charity that takes back lives from leukaemia by recruiting to and managing the UK’s most successful bone marrow register.

Moorcroft, the UK Athletics President and Loughborough PE and Sports Science graduate, is part of a team of staff, research students and alumni that includes former English National XC winner Angela Newport and current GB XC Team member Sonia Samuels.

The 13-strong University team will complete the 92-mile relay on Sunday 26 September to raise awareness of the importance of the Anthony Nolan charity that relies on public donations to continue saving lives.

University staff and members of local club Barrow Runners have organised the challenge in support of Dean of Engineering, Steve Rothberg who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia. This follows on from a donor drive for Anthony Nolan at the University in May that attracted the highest number of recruits from any UK university to date. Since then, a donor has been found for Steve, however there are 1,400 adults and children in the UK and 16,000 people worldwide still in need of a bone marrow transplant.

Now in its 21st year, the Round Leicester Relay roughly follows the Leicester Round footpath taking in some of the county's landmarks such as the Iron Age fort at Burrough Hill, Bosworth Battlefield, Bradgate Park and Beacon Hill. In addition to competing for Loughborough University, David Moorcroft will be presenting the prizes at Mowmacre Hill School Sports Hall, Tedworth Green, Leicester at approximately 6.30pm.

Loughborough University Vice Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce, said: “Bringing together a team of past and present staff and students from the University through a sporting challenge is a fantastic way to support the Anthony Nolan charity.” She continues, “This is such a worthy cause that has a personal meaning to so many of us at Loughborough, as a consequence of Steve Rothberg’s engagement with the Trust, and it is great to see such support from across the University including our alumni network. I wish Steve a speedy and full recovery and to our runners, an enjoyable race.”

The Round Leicester Relay is an un-marshalled race and therefore any extra help with transport, crowd support and water will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to help support the event, please contact Abigail Bartholomew.

You can make a donation to the challenge at www.justgiving.com/sweatforsteve

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For all media enquiries / further information contact:

Anna Seddon
Marketing Manager (Enterprise)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223445
E: A.J.Seddon@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1. Loughborough University Relay Team:

Professor Mike Caine
Director, Sports Technology Institute

Rachel Duckham, Research Associate
School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Dr Richard Ferguson
Senior Lecturer, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Dr Ruth Goodridge
Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Ashley Gray
Sports Scientist, Progressive Sports Technologies (University spin out)

Dr Steven Kenny
Senior Lecturer, Mathematical Sciences

Dr Toby Miles
Senior Consultant, Germanischer Lloyd (alumni)

David Moorcroft, OBE
President, UK Athletics (alumni and current UK record holder, 3,000 and 5,000M)

Angela Newport
Consultant Young People, BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health
(alumni and former English National XC winner)

Sonia Samuels
Modern foreign languages teacher, John Flamsteed Community School
(alumni and GB XC team member)

Anna Seddon (Team & Support Manager)
Marketing Manager, Enterprise

Dr Adrian Spencer (Team Captain)
Senior Lecturer, Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Professor Rachel Thomson
Director, Materials Research School

2. Anthony Nolan website: www.anthonynolan.org

3. Round Leicestershire Relay website: www.round-leicester-relay.info

4. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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