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Queen Mary’s staff and students participate in the Vitality London 10k

Staff and students from Queen Mary University of London have participated in the Vitality London 10,000. The 10 kilometre race was also a focal point for Queen Mary’s fundraising activities for Community Sport.

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The London race, which is managed by the same organisers of the London Marathon, has been held every year since 2008. Starting and finishing by Buckingham Palace, Monday’s route took our runners past some of London’s most iconic sites including St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.

Running for good

Building on the success of Queen Mary’s inaugural five kilometre race in November 2018, the Vitality London 10,000 saw nearly 100 students and staff take to the streets in London to raise money for Community Sport as part of its Run for Fun initiative.

Community Sport is a Sport Leadership and Workforce Development Programme, run by the Queen Mary Students’ Union, which develops both our students and sport within Tower Hamlets, where two of our campuses are located, as well as the neighbouring boroughs. 

Since August 2013 Queen Mary’s students have logged over 3,000 hours of sport within the local community and more than 120 of these students have gained qualifications as coaches and sports officials.

A proud day for the university

Lauren Hall from Queen Mary University of London and Project Manager of Run for Fun said: “The race today was a brilliant experience. Not only is it a great way to see some of London’s famous landmarks, it was also a fantastic opportunity to represent Queen Mary.

“It was lovely to see so many staff and students taking part – a proud day for our University.”

Paul Jordan, Public Relations Manager at Queen Mary said: “I’m a keen runner and it was fantastic to see such a good turnout today and meet so many people from across the University. It’s definitely been one of my more productive bank holiday Mondays!

“I am also an active member of Queen Mary’s running group which meets on Wednesday lunchtimes. It’s great to see this inclusive running community go from strength to strength and I look forward to participating in more Run for Fun events in the future.”

More information

  • Find out more about Queen Mary’s Run for Fun initiative here
  • Donate to Queen Mary’s fundraising activities for Community Sport.

For media information, contact:

Jake Bonnyman
Media Relations and Social Media Officer
email: j.bonnyman@qmul.ac.uk