Virgin Money boss set to take on Governor of the Bank of England - at the London Marathon

A team of business leaders led by Virgin Money boss Jayne-Anne Gadhia is aiming to raise £2.5m for Cancer Research UK

Simon Way Harpal Kumar third from the left is joined by Mark Carney, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Anthony Gutman, Peter Jackson and Antony Jenkins at the Francis Crick Institute - a pioneering medical research centre in central London. They will be taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon this April as part of Cancer Research UK’s biggest ever marathon team which is aiming to raise £2.5 million to help build the Francis Crick Institute
Harpal Kumar third from the left is joined by Mark Carney, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Anthony Gutman, Peter Jackson and Antony Jenkins at the Francis Crick Institute - a pioneering medical research centre in central London. They will be taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon this April as part of Cancer Research UK’s biggest ever marathon team which is aiming to raise £2.5 million to help build the Francis Crick Institute

Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia will be hoping to avoid a “run on the bank” when she takes on the Governor of the Bank of England in this year’s London Marathon.

The Newcastle-based bank is the official sponsor of the marathon in April, and Mrs Gadhia has brought together a team of “business leaders” including Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to join her in the race.

Antony Jenkins, group chief executive of Barclays, Anthony Gutman, co-head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Peter Jackson, chief executive of travelex will also be on the team that is aiming to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.

Money raised by the six business leaders will go towards research at the Francis Crick Institute in London’s Kings Cross, where final stages of construction work are taking place.

The Institute is aiming to be a world leading centre of biomedical research and innovation, housing 1,200 leading scientists from a variety of disciplines working together under one roof to tackle the biggest health challenges faced by humankind.

Mrs Gadhia said: “The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the most inspiring community and sporting events in the world, and it has been a huge privilege to be associated with this fantastic event for the past five years.

“We set ourselves the target of raising £250m for good causes when we commenced our sponsorship in 2010, and we smashed through that target last year. We hope 2015 will be yet another record-breaking year for all involved.

“I’ve been a spectator for the last five years, but when Harpal Kumar from Cancer Research UK, the official charity of the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon, asked me to join him in a team of business leaders to run to raise funds for the Francis Crick Institute, I just had to say yes. The Francis Crick Institute, a new multi-discipline, state of the art research centre, will be a landmark development in the bid to cure cancer and other diseases.

“This will be my first marathon and a huge personal challenge, but I’m looking forward to it immensely.”

Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “Cancer Research UK’s marathon team of 2015, the biggest we’ve had to date, aims to raise £2.5m to support the Francis Crick Institute. And I’m proud to be running alongside Jayne-Anne Gadhia as part of our Business Leaders team.”

Anyone wanting to support the Cancer Research UK’s marathon team should visit cancerresearchuk.org/marathon.

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