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Team of doctors take on music half marathon to beat blood cancers

Serena S
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17 Sep 2010

A team of 17 London doctors and scientists are taking part in this year’s Sony Ericsson Run to the Beat half-marathon, on Sunday 26 September, to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The team, who all work in the departments of Haematology and Immunology at the Royal Free Hospital in London, will be lacing up their running shoes to join Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s famous Banana Army, so-called because of their bright yellow t-shirts, as they raise money towards vital research into blood cancers.

Ben Uttenthal, whose three year clinical training fellowship is funded by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: “We are all either researching into ways to improve treatments for patients with blood cancers or we are treating patients with blood cancer on the wards here at the Royal Free, and many of us are doing both.

"We see at first hand the devastating effects these diseases can have on patients and their families, and we just want to do something more. We wouldn’t be able to carry out all our research if it wasn’t for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. “
Starting at 10am from the O2 in London, Run To The Beat is a unique half marathon that weaves its way through picturesque Greenwich.  Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is proud to be charity partner of Sony Ericsson Run to the Beat for the third time this year.
Ben says: “Most of us haven’t done much running before so we all thought a half-marathon would be quite a challenge. It has been difficult to fit in training with being on call - I was supposed to run 15 miles this weekend and didn’t manage to find the time - but everyone has to balance their work/life commitments. We’re all very much looking forward to it and all our friends and family are coming along to watch.”

To sponsor Ben and the rest of the team at the Royal Free visit their JustGiving page
Last year over 1,500 runners joined our Banana Army, raising over £175,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and this year we’re hoping to raise even more.

Matt Lawley, Running and Triathlons manager at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: “Run to the Beat is a fantastic event - fun, challenging and with a musical twist.

"It is fantastic that Ben and the team from The Royal Free are raising money to beat blood cancers. The equation is simple, the more money we raise equals more lives saved.”

Find out more 

For more information on this event and to sign up call Matt Lawley on 020 7685 5128 or email
To find out more about Sony Ericsson Run To The Beat, visit

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