BHF-funded researchers step out of their labs and into their trainers at Blenheim Palace

3 October 2016        

Category: Fundraising

three people in laboratory coats smiling

Three University of Oxford researchers, funded by the BHF, swapped their lab coats for sports gear on 2 October as they took part in our Blenheim Palace Running event.

Dr Katrin Nather and Professors Neil Herring and Leanne Hodson joined around 4,000 fellow Heart Runners to help hundreds of scientists like them, working on over 1,000 research projects across the UK, to find new ways to prevent and treat heart and circulatory disease

Professor Neil Herring, BHF Intermediate Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, is researching how nerves can trigger heart rhythm problems. He ran the 10km course and said: “When I started medical school, I became fascinated at the mechanics of the heart and was over the moon when the BHF funded my research.

"The public’s generosity has allowed me to carry out my research alongside my job as a cardiologist. Thanks to the public’s donations I hope to eventually discover new drugs that will prevent people from having these types of heart conditions.”

Professor Leanne Hodson, a BHF Senior Research Fellow, also ran the 10k course. She is currently researching how specific dietary nutrients may lead to higher amounts of fat in the liver, which can increase the levels of fat in the blood and put people at risk of having heart and circulatory disease.

She added: “Not only is the run held at such a beautiful venue and is a great way to stay fit, but running 10k through Blenheim Palace is my way to give back to a charity that has done so much for my career and research.”

Dr Katrin Nather, who completed the half marathon, recently completed her BHF-funded PhD and is now a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford. She is on a mission to prevent blood vessels from clogging up and causing heart attacks by researching how cells lining the blood vessels respond to changes in blood flow.

She said: “The BHF has supported me in becoming the scientist I am today and I now want to do my part to help the BHF’s fight against heart disease.”

Blenheim Palace Half Marathon and 10k

This year's Blenheim Palace Half Marathon and 10k saw more than 1700 Heart Runners take on the half marathon, over 1,500 participating in the 10k, and 300 running in the 2k Fun Run.

Raising over £200,000 for the BHF's life saving research, the run gives people the chance to conquer the grounds of the Blenheim Palace Estate, a route that is packed full of stunning scenery and views.

Run for research 

Running for research is the perfect way to support our work, save lives and improve your own heart health at the same time. From 10k jogs to gruelling marathons, by becoming a Heart Runner, you will be joining thousands in the fight against heart disease.