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Running in the name of Medical Research

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19/01/23

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Our Grants Officer, Ella Casale, explains why she's lacing up her running shoes for the Hyde Park 10k on 13th April.

It was amazing to hear about how new research will help improve people’s lives for the better, in a disease area where the outlook can often feel bleak.
Ella Casale

What motivated you to support the Foundation?

I was inspired to take on this challenge after attending the Foundation’s eating disorders and self-harm panel meeting. It was amazing to hear about how new research will help improve people’s lives for the better, in a disease area where the outlook can often feel bleak.

I love that the Foundation is brave in its funding choices, putting money into research areas that really need it. Their commitment to making a meaningful impact on human health is what drew me to the organisation in a professional capacity and I think the fact that so many of the staff fundraise in their personal time speaks volumes for how much we believe that what we’re doing is really important.

I wanted to try and make a very small contribution to the work we do, so I’m running the Hyde Park 10k!

What are you doing to prepare for the race?

I’ve been running two or three times a week to build up my fitness. My target time is 55 minutes and I did next to no running before, so it’s going to be interesting! I’m really enjoying the training so far, but I’ve got a lot of work to do to get down to that time.

Are you doing anything special to fundraise?

My boyfriend and dad are sponsoring me based on the personal bests I get in training, so that's giving me some extra motivation to really push myself.

What are you looking forward to on the day?

Can I say the finish line and a cold pint?! I’m hoping I’ll be able to get a good time so the training pays off. This will be the furthest I’ve ran, so completing the race will be enough for me!

Visit Ella's fundraising page.

Find out more about supporting the Medical Research Foundation at one of our fundraising events.