For the first time ever, this year The Griffin Institute had 4 dedicated runners participating in the TCS London Marathon on 2nd October 2022. They raised over £4000 in vital funds towards our medical research and ground-breaking surgical training. The elation on their faces after completing the gruelling 26.2-mile run was infectious, and we are so grateful for all their efforts.
Our very own Prasad Sawadkar, Senior Fellow in the Research & Development Team took part in his first marathon completing his race in 06:52:23. A great achievement for his first race and after recovering from Covid only a few weeks ago.
Prasad has been working at TGI for over a year now and is currently focusing on research to treat burns and diabetes.
Ray Berglund finished his race in 04:00:27 and did some of his training in Saudi Arabia in 44-degree heat! He leads the Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice in Europe and the Middle East for Alvarez & Marsal. Ray has worked in the Life Sciences arena for nearly 20 years, including CFO of the respiratory business of GE Healthcare, Head of Finance and Shared Services at Smith & Nephew, and as CFO at Acelity/KCI in the wound care industry. Ray has a strong passion for Medical Education and Training and values the importance of new technology in order to reach more patients, and to solve the world’s shortage of trained caregivers.
Josh Evans has been a runner for well over a decade and runs marathons across the UK and Europe. His finished this year’s London Marathon in the incredibly quick time of 02:58:17. In 2019 Josh ran the berlin Marathon and earlier this year completed his first sub-3 (2:56) marathon in Manchester.
Josh works in IT Cyber Security and has worked in various IT roles over the past 15 years.
‘I had dreamt of running The London Marathon for a long, long time. Finally, I was able to cross that finish line, in a time of under 3 hours, was a dream come true. Thanks to all at TGI for making it happen and I hope the money I have raised helps to make a difference.’’
Sam Kennedys’ passion for running started at the beginning of Covid and since then he has completed many races including a few half marathons. He ran this year’s marathon in the amazing time of 03:00:44. As the son of Robin Kennedy, a surgeon and trustee of The Griffin Institute, his mum and sister both being GPs, Sam wanted to help raise funds for The Griffin Institute to help them deliver their high-quality training and medical research.
Sam works as a cabinet maker using wood and metal and has worked in London for designers and architects since 2014. He studied a BA in sculpture in Glasgow and later a masters in furniture design in Sweden.
A heart-felt THANK YOU from all at The Griffin Institute!