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30 September 2010 | PR 10/148

Moorcroft completes University relay team challenge to raise over £5,000 for Anthony Nolan Trust

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David Moorcroft (centre) together with some of the Loughborough team members at the race finish

On Sunday 26 September former 5000m world record holder David Moorcroft, OBE, headed up a Loughborough University team that competed in the Round Leicestershire Relay, raising over £5,200 for Anthony Nolan, the bone marrow register charity.

Thirteen members of staff and alumni took part in the 92 mile challenge in support of the University’s Dean of Engineering, Steve Rothberg who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia.  Against fierce competition from 39 teams, the Loughborough team, aka ‘Sweat for Steve’ finished in an impressive 5th place in the mixed team category.

The challenge was supported by local running club, Barrow Runners, that recently benefited from the University’s Community Donations Fund.  Relay team captain Adrian Spencer, of the Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department commented:  “The relay seemed the idea way to show our support for Steve and also to thank the University for supporting our running club.”  He continued:  “It was a great occasion, a fantastic team effort and there’s already talk of next year’s event.”

Team manager Anna Seddon of the Enterprise Office, added:  “Everyone put in a great effort to race and we’re also delighted to have raised so much money for the UK’s most successful bone marrow register charity.  This will pay for 40 donor applications to be processed and added to the register, which could help save 40 lives.”  She concluded: “It was wonderful to see such support from across the University and our alumni network. We all wish Steve a full recovery and hope to see him racing with us in the relay next year!”

The Loughborough relay team were:

Leg A: Beaumont Leys to Ratcliffe on Soar - Anna Seddon
Leg B: Ratcliffe on Soar to Ashby Folville - Rachel Duckham
Leg C: Ashby Folville to Somerby - Adrian Spencer
Leg D: Somerby to Loddington - Ruth Goodridge
Leg E: Loddington to Slawston - Mike Caine
Leg F: Slawston to Foxton - Richard Ferguson
Leg G: Foxton to Bruntingthorpe - Ashley Gray
Leg H: Bruntingthorpe to Frolesworth - Malcolm Cook
Leg I: Frolesworth to Burbage Common - Rachel Thomson
Leg J: Burbage Common to Market Bowsorth - Nick Samuels
Leg K: Market Bosworth to Markfield - Angela Newport
Leg L: Markfield to Beacon Hill - Toby Miles
Leg M: Beacon Hill to Beaumont Leys - David Moorcroft

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For all media enquiries contact:

Anna Seddon
Marketing Manager (Enterprise)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223443
E: A.J.Seddon@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1. More details about the Anthony Nolan Trust and the Bone Marrow Register can be found at www.anthonynolan.org

2. More about the ‘Sweat for Steve’ fundraising campaign can be found at: www.justgiving.com/sweatforsteve

3. 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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top 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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