Runners clock up boost vital cancer research work in Nottingham

Generous runners taking part in next month’s Asda Foundation Nottingham 10K have donated thousands of pounds to support a vital breast cancer research project in the city.

When earlier this year race organisers Run For All had to change the route, they decreased the price and offered those who had already entered a partial refund. The entrants had the option to either claim the refund or donate it to the project being run by the University of Nottingham.

Run For All pledged to add 25 per cent to the total donated. The vast majority of runners opted to donate their refund allowing a total of £3,500 to be handed to the university.

The money will be used to support a team of scientists working to develop a blood test that could detect breast cancer at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.

Professor John Robertson, Professor of Breast Surgery at the University of Nottingham, said: “This generous support from Run For All’s participants will significantly help the breast cancer research conducted locally in Nottingham and Derby.

“The funds will purchase some vital microarray parts to enable the team to measure the expression levels of a large number of genes simultaneously. This will help us to develop early detection methods so that breast cancer can be spotted and treated much earlier than before.

“We rely heavily on donations and such support is critical to allowing research to progress.  Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.”

Run For All is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, who took on a series of gruelling challenges to raise nearly £2m for charity despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

As she battled her illness, Jane received treatment in Nottingham that she was unable to obtain in Leeds.

Her husband, Mike, said: “Jane and I received an enormous amount of support from medical staff in Nottingham, which was one of the reasons I was so keen to bring an event to the city in the first place.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all the entrants who donated their refunds to help support the University of Nottingham’s important research work.”

Launched last year, the second annual Asda Foundation Nottingham 10K on Sunday 28th May is expected to generate a huge cash injection for good causes.

A new ‘Charity Challenge’ element has also been added to the run, with teams of four able to compete for a £500 boost to their fundraising total.

The new flat and fast route starts and finishes at Nottingham Forest FC’s ground, on the banks of the River Trent.

From the football stadium, the course takes runners on a journey through the scenic Lady Bay area. They then travel on Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home to the National Watersports Centre, where they will take a lap of the Regatta Lake, before heading for home and a grand finish back at the City Ground.

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