Over 250 runners tackled the annual RunNTU event at Clifton campus last Sunday, raising nearly £6,000 for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.
Over 250 children, students and lecturers descended on Clifton campus’ field of dreams last Sunday to take on the annual RunNTU event.
The race, which is now in its third year, is organised by the NTU Alumni fund and sees competitors tackle either a 5km or 1.5km multiterrain course.
Fundraising plays a huge part in the event, with all the money raised from entries and sponsorship being donated to the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre based right at the heart of the campus.
The centre was established in 2010 after the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation endowed Nottingham Trent University with a research grant of £8 million to establish a dedicated cancer research facility. The centre has since developed into one of the country’s leading research units.
An incentive for whoever could raise the most amount of sponsorship money at the event was established at the start of the week. City based student Becca Murphy was the eventual winner and was rewarded with a brand new iPad mini!
The Director of the centre, Professor Robert Rees is proud of how much the event has grown in such a short space of time:
There were a number of prizes awarded at the end of the event. Sports science student Robert Needham was “First Male” in the 5km race with a course record time of 17:07. He was followed by fellow NTU Athletics team mate Henry Valentine in 18:04.
The “First Female” prize was won by Alice Ritchie in an impressive 24:08. Whilst the “Best Fancy Dress” trophy was scooped up by the trio of Jack Ketton, Brendan Corrigan and Adam Bracey – dressed as the band “Village People” famed for their song YMCA.
NTU Alumni’s Stephen Knott was the Race Organiser on the day: “I work in the NTU Alumni office and part of our role is to fundraise for projects within the university that really make a difference to people and society. The John Van Geest centre is a big part of the university and the work they do is fantastic and we are so happy that we can be a part of raising money for this great cause.”
The event continues to go from strength to strength with a provisional date already set for next year. Here are some highlights from the day: