Congratulations to our Half Marathon runners

Half marathon

We're sending huge congratulations to colleagues 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 ACS who finished 6th.

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

Donate to your colleagues here

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 a gruelling hill 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 colleagues who took part in the race

Half marathon team 2

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."

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 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.