Imperial runner completes marathon challenge
25 April 2012
Congratulations to Imperial’s marathon runner, Sam Bell, who completed the London Marathon this weekend, raising over £3,000 for the Rector’s Scholarship Fund.
Following months of long winter training runs and a lot of hard fundraising work, Sam finally crossed the line in a new personal best of 3 hours 28 minutes. After collecting her well-earned marathon medal, Sam explained: “My aim was to finish sub 3 hours 45 minutes, but I didn’t expect to reach the line as quickly as I did. In fact, it was the 3 hours 30 minute pace-maker that motivated me towards the end – we chatted for most of the last few miles! I’m really pleased with my time, and extremely proud to have run on behalf of the Rector’s Scholarship Fund. It was the generosity of the many people that have supported me over the last few months that kept me going throughout the whole 26.2 miles.”
Since the beginning of the year, Sam, Sport Imperial Services Manager, has campaigned across the South Kensington Campus, raising awareness of her challenge and seeking sponsorship through various events including a quiz, a raffle and a bake sale. Thanks to Sam’s hard work, and the generosity of staff, students and alumni, the Rector’s Scholarship Fund will now be able to provide financial support to more undergraduate and postgraduate students hoping to study at Imperial.
If you haven’t had a chance to sponsor Sam’s challenge, it’s not too late – her giving page is still up and running at www.imperial.ac.uk/giving/marathon.
— Clare Dodds, Communications and Development