Congratulations to our Half Marathon runners

Half marathon

We're sending huge congratulations to the alumni, students and staff from the University who took part in the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday 8 April to raise vital funds for our Sheffield Scanner appeal. Our runners achieved impressive results including Will Mycroft from the School of Mathematics who won the race and Liam Walker from Accommodation and Campus Services who finished 6th.

Thanks to the tireless dedication of our team of almost 50 runner, over £11,000 has been raised so far. There is still time to donate towards our amazing team and the Scanner cause, and show support for the huge challenge they took on.

Donate to Sheffield Scanner Half Marathon team

The Sheffield Half Marathon is one of the most challenging races of its kind. It started and finished in the city centre, with runners taking a route out of the city along Ecclesall Road and up the gruelling hill of Banner Cross and Ringinglow Road towards the Norfolk Arms on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Thousands of spectators were out in force to cheer on the runners as they looped back into the city centre towards the finish line.

Read the stories of the runners who took part in the race

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David Meadows, Development Officer for Legacies and Individual Giving, who supported the team on the day said:

“The University team should be really proud of their efforts. The camaraderie on the day was fantastic and it was great to see so many people out supporting their loved ones.

“On behalf of everybody involved in the Sheffield Scanner campaign, thank you to those who have taken part and helped to support this important cause.

“Our next challenge is the Big Walk on 22 June. A great chance for people to help fundraise for the Sheffield Scanner as we look to hit the target of £2 million. If you're interested in taking part you can find out more here.

“We will also be supporting individuals and teams with their own fundraising challenges too. If you have a challenge in mind, get in contact and we can support you.”

Will Mycroft, a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield’s School of Maths, placed first, ahead of more than 7000 other runners with a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 12 seconds. Speaking after the race Will said:

“The Sheffield Scanner is a great cause and will hopefully lead to some cures and preventative measures."

Will added:

“The race was really tough, I worked hard on the uphill and managed to get a bit of a lead on the field. I had hoped to take the downhill a bit easier and enjoy the run in, but the chasing pack made me work really hard for it in the end.

“It was fantastic, though brutally hilly, of course. The views from the Peak District were great, and the support out on the course was the best I've experienced.

“Crossing the finish line in first was a great delight as the crowd at the finish was fantastic.”

Take a look at the Sheffield Scanner Facebook page for a collection of photos from the day.

What is the Sheffield Scanner appeal?

The University is working to raise £2 million to establish a ground-breaking MRI-PET facility. MRI-PET is the most advanced medical imaging technology to date. It will transform our understanding of serious conditions like cancer, dementia, heart and lung diseases, MND, Parkinson's and stroke and the way we treat them in the future. This will be the first facility of its kind in Yorkshire and a vital investment in the health of people in this region, across the UK and beyond.

An MRI scan produces comprehensive information of the organs, tissues and structures of the body. PET imaging measures how well the body is functioning. MRI-PET combines these powerful tools in a single scan to provide the most detailed pictures of the inside of the body available. With this knowledge we will be able to answer major questions about disease and identify faster and better ways to detect, treat and prevent ill health.

Find out more about the Sheffield Scanner appeal

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