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Barbican staff don running shoes for charity

Team run Virgin London Marathon in aid of Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Seven Barbican employees donned their running shoes in aid of charity at the weekend. The runners participated in the Virgin London Marathon as a part of the City of London team, alongside 18 colleagues, to raise money for a number of charitable causes.

Lee Dobson, Nick Haslam and George Sampson were all running in the 26.2 mile course for the third time. Both Lee and Nick produced personal bests (3:32.11 and 3:58.13 respectively) while George completed in 5:19.15. Running the marathon for the first time were; Emma Barrow (5:07.54), Sarah Wall (5:47.45), Pip Swindall (6:27.05) and Ben Yates (6:27.05).

The City of London team were running to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Charities supported by the 2012 appeal are Barts and The London Charity on behalf of the Trauma Unit at The Royal London Hospital, the Rowing Foundation, London Youth Rowing, Fields in Trust and Futures for Kids.

Following the marathon, Lord Mayor David Wootton, thanked the team for their charitable efforts. He said: “I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to you for taking part in this year’s London Marathon and flying the flag for the City of London. I know from speaking with many of you at Mansion House last month just how much commitment and personal sacrifice is involved. I do hope you agree that it was all worth it. My particular thanks for all your efforts in raising money for a number of worthy causes, both in London and beyond. Specifically I would like to thank you for all the money you have raised for my own Lord Mayor’s Appeal. I can assure you that this money is very much appreciated and will be put to good use.”

Next month Lee Dobson will be participating in a cycle ride from the Guildhall, in London, to Cambridge to raise further funds for the Mayor’s Appeal. The City of London Cycle Challenge, on Saturday May 19th, will cover the distance of 68.4 miles to honour The Lord Mayor. The event will raise money to support the ‘Fit for the Future’ appeal which promotes better health opportunities for all, including those from some of the UK’s most deprived areas.


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