Sheffield Scanner team takes on the Sheffield 10K 2018 

Sheffield Scanner 10k team 2018

Our second year having a team for the Sheffield 10K was a great success! A massive thank you and congratulations to everyone on the University team who took part this year.

We’re incredibly grateful for the staff, students and friends of the University who took part in the run on Sunday 23 September for the Sheffield Scanner. The team altogether have raised more than £3,000 for the campaign, with donations still being collected both offline and online.

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Jenny on the final stretch of the Sheffield 10K Jon giving the thumbs-up as he nears the finish

The weather was set to thunder and rain down heavily upon the streets of Sheffield, but fortunately this changed last minute to give our runners a perfect clear Autumn morning. We even had a few moments of sunshine towards the end of the run, just in time to see our runners come through the finish line.

The route took our runners through the city centre, along Ecclesall Road, and around the edges of the pretty Endcliffe Park. They then continued along Riverdale Road, along Endcliffe Vale Road close to the Botanical Gardens and back into city centre where they were greeted by crowds cheering them on. We are proud of all of our runners, and we’re particularly pleased to say that two of our runners came in the top 100 out of over 3,500 for this year’s 10K.

Chris Varnom from the AMRC took part in the 10K, as well as being part of the team for last year’s 10K and Half Marathon:

Chris Varnom with his medal after completing the Sheffield 10K 2018

“I first heard about the Sheffield Scanner last year, when the request for 10k runners came through. Quite fortuitously, I’d starting running a few weeks beforehand, doing a few 10K but not more and set myself a challenge! Getting involved in improving my fitness while being able to raise money for the Universities nominated charity really appealed to me. Having previously volunteered with the Academic Unit of Radiology, I was aware of the benefits of an MRI Scanner. Paired together with PET technology, I knew the Sheffield Scanner would be able to offer such great support.

“I completed my first 10K in September last year in a respectable 50 minutes, I then upped the stakes with the Half Marathon in April this year. Doubling the distance really did mean doubling the effort and training, but friends, family and work colleagues really did get behind me and helped raise a phenomenal amount for the Sheffield Scanner. My third challenge came with this year’s 10K in trying to beat my initial time whilst still enjoying the experience.

“The atmosphere on Sunday was great - so many families were out cheering on from the streets of Sheffield, bands playing, people in fancy dress really making the whole event very special. The weather didn’t look promising but by the end of the race, the sun was out and not a raincloud in sight! Seeing the crowds cheering us on from the University cheering point at the ninth kilometre spurred me on to a sprint finish, shaving another four minutes off my PB!

“A huge thank-you to everyone who supported me and cheered me on, helping to raise money and promote the impacts that the Sheffield Scanner will have on medical imaging.”

Helen decided to dress as a dog for the race to make it more of a challengeDavid Meadows, Development Officer for Legacies and Individual Giving, said:

“We had a fantastic team for the University running the 10K and they should be really proud of their efforts. The run was a challenge for everyone in different ways, and the team attitude was full of positivity. It’s great to see so many different people come together to raise money for the Scanner, it’s clearly a cause that a lot of people are enthusiastic about.”

The total for the campaign is now over £1.75 million so we are really grateful to our runners and their supporters for all their efforts in getting us closer to £2 million.

We are still supporting individuals with their fundraising challenges, both for the Scanner and other causes. As with last year we will be organising a University team for the Half Marathon, so keep your eyes peeled for information if you’d be interested.

If you’re interested in a challenge to raise funds for causes through the University, physical or otherwise, please contact the Community Fundraising team at: communityfundraising@sheffield.ac.uk

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