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27 Apr 2015

University runners take on London’s Green Belt Relay to support Anthony Nolan charity

Members of the team including Steve Rothberg, 5th from left

Loughborough University runners are taking on London’s Green Belt Relay to raise money to support the Anthony Nolan charity. The 220 mile, 22-stage race takes place on 16 – 17 May.

Leading the team of staff and alumni runners 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 to raise funds for the charity.

“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.”

The Wolfson School Committee have also been working together with Anthony Nolan to organise an on-campus event. They will be holding a stem cell register recruitment session in the James France foyer and the LSU from 11.00am - 4.00pm on Thursday 30 April.

You can make a donation to the challenge at

Notes for editors

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Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Every day, we use our register to match remarkable donors willing to donate their blood stem cells to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants.

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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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