Date of release: Thursday, June 6, 2013

A2636-british-10kRecord numbers of staff and students from the University of Greenwich are tackling the British 10k London Run in a bid to raise over £20,000 for students in hardship.

A team of over 80 staff and students, including Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Maguire, will be among the thousands racing across central London on Sunday 14 July to raise money for the university's Alumni Fund.

Mark Hainy, Head of Alumni & Development at the university, says: "The money raised for the Alumni Fund will make a huge difference to the lives of students who are in financial difficulty. There is always a big crowd for this event and the best place to cheer our team on from is outside Somerset House on Embankment, from 9.30am.

"The response to this race has been incredible – last year we had 16 runners entering. Because it is the final event of the University of Greenwich Olympiad people are hoping to push their team to victory, while helping a great cause!"

One of the Greenwich team is also tackling her own 'iron woman' series of gruelling events as she attempts to raise a further £3,000 for the university's Alumni Fund.

As well as being part of the university team running in the British 10k London Run, Marie Pettit is taking part in the Prudential Ride London to Surrey 100 cycle challenge in August and the Bupa Great North Run in September.

Marie, who is currently completing her PhD on oral vaccination delivery systems, says: "When I was studying I nearly had to drop out. I was a mature student and a single parent with two kids and I just couldn't afford to stay on. The money I got from the Alumni Fund meant I could finish my studies and now I want to give something back." You can follow Marie's progress via Twitter: @MariesChallenge. Her justgiving page is here:

Picture: Mark Hainy, Head of Alumni & Development, and Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich at last year's British 10k London Run

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