BioMed Central vs Nature – the aftermath

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On a slightly wet and windy Wednesday afternoon in London,  40+ BioMed Central and Nature Publishing Group employees converged on Regent’s Canal to battle it out in a 10km run. Both teams did exceedingly well, with the majority of BioMed Central’s 18 runners coming in in under an hour. Congratulations to our HR Manager, Tom Townsend, who won the race with a time of 44 minutes – impressive considering the many obstacles presented by the meandering course. Tom was quickly followed by our Managing Director, Matt Cockerill and OA mascot, Gulliver Turtle. Hannah Stower from the Genome Biology editorial team was the fastest of the female finishers in 47 minutes. Well done to all who participated, especially those who had done very little training!

Competition aside, our aim was to raise money for our partner charity, Computer Aid International, which distributes reconditioned computer equipment for educational use in developing countries. We’re thrilled to say that the run raised more than £1700 for the charity, giving a significant boost to our ongoing fundraising efforts. It’s still not too late to make a contribution – you can show your support for BioMed Central open access team and for Computer Aid by donating online.

A big thank you also to our friends and rivals at Nature, who have blogged their own report on the run. We look forward to taking them on again next year.

We’ve also posted more photos from the event to our Facebook page.