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Greg Spencer (BSc 2006), who ran the London Marathon 2010 in aid of Bristol's Cancer Research Fund

Greg Spencer (BSc 2006), who ran the London Marathon 2010 in aid of Bristol's Cancer Research Fund

29 April 2010

Four Bristol alumni supported the fight against cancer by running the Virgin London Marathon last weekend in aid of the University’s Cancer Research Fund.

Greg Spencer (BSc 2006), who ran the London Marathon 2010 in aid of Bristol's Cancer Research Fund

Four Bristol alumni supported the fight against cancer by running the Virgin London Marathon last weekend in aid of the University’s Cancer Research Fund.

Together the fantastic four, Alex Husk (BSc 2008), Will Taylor (LLM 2009), Stuart Rogers (MEng 2008) and Greg Spencer (BSc 2006), have collected an incredible £4,336.49 – with money still to come in.

Alex led the field with the exceptional finishing time of three hours, 14 minutes and 36 seconds. Will was hot on his heels with a remarkable three hours, 30 minutes and 12 seconds. Stuart followed with a very respectable five hours, two minutes and 21 seconds. And last – but not least – was Greg with a personal best of five hours, eight minutes and 47 seconds.

Stuart said: ‘Two years ago, my aunt was diagnosed with cancer. After undergoing surgery and a course of chemotherapy she made a good recovery. I have seen personally how cancer can affect people and their families, which is why I ran for the Cancer Research Fund. The event itself was an incredible experience. The crowd was fantastic and really helped me run the distance. The highest points were seeing my friends and family six times along the route, which made all of the training worthwhile.’

Greg, who raised money for the Cancer Research Fund last year by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, said: ‘Like most people, my life has been touched by cancer. This was my way to help. The highlight was definitely the support from the crowd on the day. The lowlight was thinking I had a stone in my shoe at mile 13  – it turned out to be my big toenail.’ Toenails aside, Greg has been bitten by the marathon bug. ‘I want to run all the major world marathons by the end of my life’, he said.

Bristol is at the forefront of research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The Bristol Cancer Research Fund awards vital pump-priming grants to promising young researchers who are looking at ways to prevent and treat the major cancers, including breast, bowel, laryngeal, oral, prostate cancer and leukaemia.

For further information about the Cancer Research Fund, to make a donation, or to register your interest in participating in the 2011 London Marathon, please contact Cecilia Evans on  +44 (0)117 331 7139 or at cecilia.evans@bristol.ac.uk.