Alina's fundraising story
“Fundraising for MND research will help our colleagues to continue their important work in supporting patients and sourcing new treatments.”
Meet Alina, a Research Communications Coordinator at the University of Sheffield, who is taking on the 2023 Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon this May.
In her work, Alina promotes the University’s research impact through research features, including articles about gene therapy and MND research. Since running the Sheffield Half Marathon last year, Alina is raring to take on a full marathon.
Read her story here:
What motivated you to join the University of Sheffield team at the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon?
Last year, I ran my first half marathon to raise money for Genetic Disease Research at the University. I was petrified at the time but really enjoyed the training and the run on the day. I have since taken part in the Great North Run and an accidental half marathon in Hillsborough. I’m excited to take on the next challenge - a full marathon!
What does fundraising for MND research at the University of Sheffield mean to you?
My role involves working closely with academics across all faculties and departments and promoting the impact of their research to a general audience. I enjoy working with academics across all subjects and learning about the fascinating research that is constantly happening at the University. Fundraising for MND research will help our colleagues to continue their important work in supporting patients and sourcing new treatments.
How do you feel about taking on this challenge?
I’m quite nervous because it will be my first marathon but I’m hoping that with the right headspace and training I’ll be able to get over the finish line with a smile and not too many aches and pains.
Do you have any advice for those who might be considering taking on a similar challenge for MND?
Like many people, I used to hate running and never saw myself as a runner until I started preparing for the half marathon last year. Fundraising for the University is a great reason to start training and raise money for a great cause in the process.
Good luck, Alina. We’re behind you every step of the way!
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