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Meet QCT's London Marathon Runners for 2020/2021!

This year, QCT was delighted to secure four charity spaces for the 2020 London Marathon. With COVID-19 preventing the physical event from happening, two of our runners are instead taking part in London’s virtual marathon on Sunday 4th October – as well as deferring a space for the 41st London marathon event next year! For the virtual marathon, entrants are being challenged to complete the 26.2 miles from home or anywhere in the world, and have 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds to run, jog or walk the 26.2 mile distance.

Continue reading to meet QCT’s marathon runners for 2020/2021!

Jake Ankers – running the 2020 virtual marathon and the 2021 London marathon:

Jake is the Investment Director and Trustee of The Holroyd Foundation.

Though Jake has previously completed two half-marathons, this will be his first full marathon to date. In 2019, he climbed Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa and intends on summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 2021.

“I am running for QCT so their support can stretch even further across the Commonwealth. The organisations and young people that QCT support, advise and fund are truly inspirational.”

Donate to Jake’s JustGiving page.

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Chris Yates

Chris Yates – running the 2020 virtual marathon and the 2021 London marathon:

Chris is Senior Marketing Advisor at Linklaters LLP.

"I am an enthusiastic runner and have taken part in numerous charity runs, including two half-marathons, over the past seven years. Lockdown, injury and the arrival of my second child in June have presented challenges to my training since the marathon was rescheduled. However, I am very excited about representing #TeamQCT in this unique race. I am an active member of my employer’s volunteering programme and feel very fortunate to have been provided with opportunities to participate in projects supporting social entrepreneurship, offender rehabilitation, homelessness and education."

Donate to Chris's JustGiving page.

Michael Brennan – running the 2021 London marathon:

Michael is the founder of tootoot, the world’s first reporting app for children and young people in schools.

“I am Michael Brennan, 29, and this is my first marathon. Excited, scared, you name it - the emotions are real. I have been clocking up as many miles as possible in preparation for the run of a lifetime!

I have dedicated the last 5 years of my life developing and rolling out tootoot. Tootoot lets a child report a concern such as bullying directly to their school. As a result of private sector demand, we have recently developed and launched an app for businesses and employees."

Donate to Michael’s JustGiving page.

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Akeel Malik – running the 2021 London marathon.

Akeel is Fund Manager of the Urban Splash Residential fund (USR), a branded rented residential property portfolio established in partnership with Manchester-based property developer Urban Splash.

Akeel also co-founded the education technology platform Aula, which successfully raised $4.2m in seed funding in 2018. He graduated from Pembroke College, University of Oxford with a BA in Economics & Management and sits on the Fundraising Board of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Charity & Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Good luck, from all at Team QCT!

Article published: September 2020

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