Cancer scientists take part in Tough Mudder

A team of scientists is all set to get down and dirty this weekend – all in the aid of charity.

Scientists based at the Cancer Research UK Leicester Centre, who are working on early detection of different cancers, will take part in their first Tough Mudder on 14 May.    

Barbara Ottolini, from the University is one of the members taking part and hoping to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

She said: “We all want to do our bit for cancer research and something challenging at the same time. We will be running on the muddy hills of Belvoir Castle (Grantham, Leicestershire) to raise money for Cancer Research UK."

The researchers all work on liquid biopsies for early detection of cancer.  In particular, their research involves looking at the DNA in the blood of cancer patients. The team hope to develop a diagnostic test that will have a profound impact on cancer detection, treatment and monitoring.

Dr Ottolini added: “Tough Mudder is not a race, it’s a challenge designed to test teamwork and grit. Packed with challenging obstacles that require teamwork and camaraderie, Tough Mudder allows you to test your physical and mental limits while bonding with your friends and making new ones.”