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A father and daughter winning team!

Some friendly family rivalry will be on show in this year's London Marathon as Pippa Moakes aims to beat her father and raise funds to support our vital programmes of cancer research in the process.

Pippa Moakes and her father Nick

Pippa Moakes and her father, Nick Moakes

Pippa Moakes will be going all out to beat her father’s time as she takes on the London Marathon for the first time in support of The Institute of Cancer Research, London.

At just 19 years of age Pippa Moakes is already an experienced runner and has already completed two events for the ICR. In 2014 Pippa ran the Paris Half Marathon and as part of her training also recently completed the Bath Half Marathon. This year she has joined #teamICR and is aiming to double her running distance and take on the world-renowned London Marathon on 24 April.

Pippa is following in her father, Nick’s footsteps. Nick is one of the managing directors of the Investment Division at the Wellcome Trust, which is one of our research funding partners. He is also a marathon enthusiast and ICR supporter, having completed the London Marathon for the ICR in 2012.

Pippa said: “Being somewhat competitive, I aim to beat my Dad’s time of 3:52 and the London Marathon seemed the best, most fun course to achieve that on. Plus, this event is the world’s best-known marathon, so being able to say I had completed it would be a great accomplishment.”

The rivalry is all in good spirits and with Nick’s previous fundraising, Pippa and her Dad have raised more than £20,000 for the ICR’s cancer research. Pippa’s total is increasing steadily every day leading up to the event. The cause is close to both their hearts having had family members and friends affected by cancer.

If you would like to support Pippa in this event you can donate on her Just Giving page:

If you are inspired to take part in next year's London Marathon or any of our running events as part of #teamICR email [email protected] or see our Sports and Challenges page for event listings throughout 2016 and 2017


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