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Introducing our 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon team

From top to bottom: Georgie Fenn (BSc 2017), James Lewis (BEng 2018) and Roshni Patel (BDS 2019)

From top to bottom: Andrew Burton (BA 1988) and Harry Collins (BSc 2009)

3 February 2016

Two Bristol graduates and three currents students tell us why they are raising money for the University of Bristol Cancer Research Fund by running the Virgin Money London Marathon this April.

Congratulations and thank you to the five runners who have been selected to run the Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 to raise money for the University of Bristol's Cancer Research Fund. We were overwhelmed by the passion and enthusiasm that they displayed for the cause. 

Below some of our chosen alumni and students talk about their motivation to run. We wish each and every one of them good luck with their training and hope they have a fantastic day on Sunday 24 April 2016!

Georgie Fenn (BSc Geography 2014-)

Not only am I extremely proud to be running for such an important cause, but I am also looking forward to tackling the Virgin Money London Marathon for the second time. To raise money for the University of Bristol Cancer Research Fund while running with so many others makes me certain it will be a memorable (and painful!) day. If you would like to sponsor me, you can do so via my JustGiving page.

James Lewis (MEng Aerospace Engineering 2015-)

Cancer can affect us at any age and this has been seen in my family. My grandad died of lung cancer before I was born, my grandmother overcame breast cancer and my cousin was diagnosed with cancer at the age of just 19. It is therefore an amazing opportunity to raise money directly for research looking for new treatments. If you would like to sponsor me, you can do so via my JustGiving page.

Roshni Patel (BDS Dental Surgery 2015-)

I am so grateful that I have this opportunity to raise money towards invaluable research aimed at eradicating cancer, a terrible disease. I am looking forward to training with the other runners and finally running the event with them, as the team spirit among the Bristol runners is unparalleled. It is important for me to donate as much as I can to the hard-working researchers at our University, whose work is pioneering and essential to finding a cure. To follow my progress, please visit my JustGiving page.

Andrew Burton (BA 1988)

I studied at Bristol (far too) many years ago, but this great institution holds a dear place in my heart and I have kept in touch through the alumni team. They were fortunately able to offer me a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon on the condition that I raised £2,000 for the University's Cancer Research Fund.

Bristol's current (Professor Hugh Brady) and previous (Professor Sir Eric Thomas) Vice-Chancellors are both medics by background and under their auspices cancer research at the University has been, and continues to be, actively promoted. We have made great medical advances in our treatment and understanding of the illness with the result that for many there is now a life thereafter when once there was not, but there are still forms of it, like neuroblastoma, which defy our efforts to defeat them. If you would like to see or contribute to my fundraising progress, then please visit my SponsorMe page.

Harry Collins (BSc 2009)

I'm extremely excited to be running the Virgin Money London Marathon for the University of Bristol Cancer Research Fund for two reasons. First, it gives me the opportunity to raise money to support research (at a University that I love) for a cause close to my heart. Second, it will enable me to challenge myself physically and mentally in a way that I haven't before. If you would like to know more about my marathon preparations, then please visit my JustGiving page.

Further information

Find out more about the University of Bristol Cancer Research Fund