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Marathon effort  in memory of dad who never met his children

20 Apr 2010

Former student James Robinson will take on the London Marathon on April 25 to raise essential funds for brain tumour research.

James Robinson
James Robinson

James, who studied at UMIST, is now an investment manager living in both London and Birmingham.  He is joining more than 30 other fundraisers in Brain Tumour UK’s London Marathon team.  “It will be my third marathon for Brain Tumour UK,” says James, “and I hope to raise £5,000 to help beat brain tumours.”

James is supporting Brain Tumour UK in memory of his UMIST friend Chris Snaith, who sadly died in 2007.

James said: “Chris tragically lost a four year battle with this terrible disease in late 2007, aged 26. Although Chris was eventually stopped short in the prime of life, pioneering treatments gave him a chance to live long enough to meet and marry his wife, and father twins - Liam and Lucy - who, although sadly never got to meet their dad, survive him today.

“Without the incredible work undertaken by charities like Brain Tumour UK, Chris would surely not have had this silver lining to his tragic story.

“The UMIST Football Old Boys Network pledged to raise as much money as possible in Chris’ memory which is why I have chosen to run again for this great charity."

James has been training hard for the marathon and hopes to beat his previous best of two hours 58 minutes.

On the day James will be supported by family, lots of friends including a fair few of the UMIST Old Boys, who all knew Chris. 

James said: “Every year we present the 'Chris Snaith Trophy' at the UMIST Old Boys ball to the person who has raised most in Chris' memory during the year. I am hoping to make it three in a row this year."

You can support James’s fundraising by making a donation online:

Notes for editors

Jon Keighren, Media Relations Manager, The University of Manchester, 0161 275 8384