The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon event on Sunday 11 October saw all 24 fearless runners from The Institute of Cancer Research, London successfully complete the 13.1 mile course in aid of our ground-breaking research. The team is now set to raise £25,000 for our research.
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon is a popular event set on a stunning course that starts and finishes in Hyde Park and takes in some of London’s most spectacular sites along the way.
A large squad of ICR staff and volunteers – including runners’ friends and family – put on their bright, red, ICR T-shirts and took up their familiar spot at the mile 9 cheer station to urge Team ICR on.
Sean Fitzgerald was the first ICR runner to cross the finish line with an excellent time of 1 hr 35 mins and Stephanie Sweeney was the fastest woman finishing in 1 hr 43 mins. Our very own Professor Kevin Harrington completed the race in a fantastic 1 hr 45 mins and Liz Burtally, ICR Science Writer, finished in 1 hr 49 mins. Both achieved their personal bests.
Liz said: “I was really proud to run for the ICR and raise money for this fantastic organisation. Through working at the ICR, I get to see first-hand the dedication and passion of our scientists, and can see the research being translated into life-changing benefits for patients.”
Lara Jukes, Director of Development at the ICR, was part of the team cheering on the runners.
Lara said: “It was fantastic to see such a great team taking part this year and the continued support we have for this event year on year is really inspiring. It was great to see some of our familiar supporters as well as new ones.”
If you are motivated by our Royal Parks team and would like to take on a run, cycle or trek to support the ICR, please see our sports and challenges event listings for 2016.