Date of release: Monday, July 15, 2013

University British 10k runnersRunners from the University of Greenwich sweated it out in the sun when they took part in the British 10k Run in London on Sunday (14 July).

Staff and students are expected to raise more than £5,000 in sponsorships and donations, which will be the highest total achieved by the university team in the annual event.

The runners endured high temperatures to raise money for the university’s Alumni Fund. This assists students in various ways, such as helping those in financial need, paying for books and resources in the library, and providing specialist equipment and support for those with a disability or dyslexia.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Maguire, was among those taking part. He said: “It was wonderful to see so many people from all parts of the university running to support such good causes. I’m proud that we were so well represented in the British 10k Run and, with the sun shining, we made it a great day for Greenwich.”

Other university runners included Jon Sibson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Business; Nick Eastwell, a member of the University Court; and Professor Andrew Westby, Director of the Natural Resources Institute. All the Faculties were represented, and were joined by staff from Recruitment & Admissions.

Now in its 13th year, the race attracts more than 25,000 runners, who take part in aid of charities from across the country.

One of the Greenwich team, Marie Pettit, is attempting to raise a further £3,000 for the university’s hardship fund by tackling her own ‘iron woman’ series of gruelling events. As well as taking part in the British 10k Run, Marie is competing in the Prudential Ride London to Surrey 100 cycle challenge in August and the Bupa Great North Run in September.

There is still time to sponsor any of the university’s runners. For details see http://alumni.gre.ac.uk/netcommunity/10k2013

Story by Public Relations

Picture: Members of the university team assemble in Trafalgar Square before the run.