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Rob Hynds is running the Virgin Money London Marathon!

Rob Hynds is running the Virgin Money London Marathon!

We are delighted that Rob Hynds, a Research Fellow at University College London, will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon on our behalf and raising much needed funds for our projects. We caught up with Rob to talk about his motivation for taking on the challenge.

1) What made you decide to apply for our London Marathon place?

This will be my first time running the London Marathon which I'm very excited about. I've supported others in the past and it's always a great atmosphere. I'd tried and failed to get a ballot place for the past few years so I wasn't going to miss the chance to run and raise money for the Charitable Foundation this year.

2) Why are you supporting UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation?

I wanted to fundraise for UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation because I've seen first hand the great work that they support and the benefits to patients from world class clinical care and research that it enables. As a lung disease researcher myself, I've seen the benefits of the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre for interlinked clinical research projects since 2012 and the Charitable Foundation continues to fund vital equipment for other lung diseases such as sarcoid.

3) Can you tell us a bit about your research and connection with UCL?

I did my PhD research in the Lungs for Living Research Centre, finishing in 2016. I'm now working at the UCL Cancer Institute and The Francis Crick Institute where I work on developing better laboratory models of lung cancer to improve lung cancer outcomes for patients.

4) How brutal is your training programme and how is it going so far?

I'm training pretty hard. I did my first marathon in Belfast last May in a time of 3 hours 10 mins having run around 500 miles in preparation so I'm hoping to push myself and go under 3 hours this time around.


Rob will be raising much needed funds to support our projects over the coming months, if you would like to support him please go to his fundraising page here.