September 25, 2017, by Liz Cass

Running for Nottingham

The University of Nottingham team

Hundreds of runners from the University of Nottingham donned their trainers and took to the city streets for the Robin Hood Marathon events yesterday.

A team of staff, students, alumni and friends of the university took part in the running events which included the mini-marathon, half marathon and full 26 mile race, while raising money for the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) — this year’s chosen Impact Campaign charity.

Joining the UoN 500 Runs the Robin Hood Team — as an honorary member — was the American Diplomat, Lewis Lukens.

Mr Lukens is Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in London. Within the role he serves as Chief Operating Officer of the US Mission to the UK.

His marathon run, which he completed in under 4 and a half hours, marked the start of a visit to the University of Nottingham which continues today (Monday 25 September).

Lewis Lukens on his marathon run

Before the race

After finding out more about the university’s Research Strategy, launched in June this year, Mr Lukens was introduced to key members of the Right’s Lab beacon, before chatting with students and staff from the School of American and Canadian Studies and the School of Politics and International Relations.

Mr Lukens also had a tour of the Ingenuity Lab, in Jubilee Campus, and enjoyed pitches from students before being interviewed by University Radio Nottingham.

Mr Lukens spoke at the City of Talent and Enterprise Business Reception at Nottingham in Parliament Day back in October 2016.

The University team also included the first female over the line. Sonka Reimers was the 10th finisher completing the marathon in 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Science, Professor Kevin Shakesheff, who organised the team and the Robin Hood Marathon fundraising campaign, said: “It’s fantastic that so many staff, students, alumni and friends of the University have taken up the challenge of running the Robin Hood for Life Cycle 7.”

This year, Life Cycle 7 will mark the 20th year that the Children’s Brain Rumour Research Centre has been at the forefront of leading research and the University wants to raise £500,000 to celebrate this momentous milestone.

Each year, hundreds of children and their families are faced with the frightening diagnosis of a brain tumour. Those who survive are often left with disabilities as a result of intensive treatments. And though great strides have been made in treating childhood brain tumours, more research is still urgently needed to help more children to go on to lead healthy, happy lives.

People can still donate via the Life Cycle 7 Just Giving page.




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