British Heart Foundation - Canary Wharf Jog 2014

By Beth Allcock on May 22, 2014 10:48 AM |

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Superman - aided by a budding Iron Man in the making - were just two of hundreds of fundraising heroes in Canary Wharf last Wednesday.

While the duo were brave enough to don rather hefty outfits for the British Heart Foundation's Canary Wharf Jog 2014, accompanied by Monsters Inc character Mike for company, the remaining 1,500 runners turned the estate a stonking shade of scarlet in the charity's t-shirts.

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With the race route slightly amended from 2013's challenge, Wharfers were tasked with completing six laps of the 1.66km course to clock up a 10k distance.

This time round pavements were pounded a little further towards Westferry and, on the other side, towards Wood Wharf as part of a course weaving it's way through the hub of E14.

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Last year, more than 7,500 runners from the capital laced up their running shoes to take part in a BHF London Run, raising £330,000 to fund life-saving research into heart disease.

BHF estimates 200,000 people live with heart disease in the capital with more than 6,500 who die each year from coronary heart disease - the UK's single biggest killer.

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Louise Hazel, GB Heptathlete and BHF Running Champion, who helped to launch this year's BHF Jog series, said: "Heart disease can affect anyone and strike when you least expect it.

"I should know; I lost my father at just 50 years old.

"This is why I'm lending my support to the BHF's London 10k Runs."

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Fancy fundraising for the British Heart Foundation while pounding the east London pavements?

Sign up for the BHF's Victoria Park 10k Run on August 3.

Go to bhf.org.uk/londonruns.

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