Guest Post: Bill Odell’s London Marathon Report

Posted on behalf of Bill Odell, director of HOK’s Science + Technology group and sustainable design pioneer.

A week ago, I ran the London Marathon. I was running as part of the Cancer Research UK team, one of the partners in the UKCMRI research center we are designing in central London.

It was a terrific day to run and perhaps the best race I have ever been involved in. For the runners out there, I highly recommend it. The route starts in Greenwich, winds through the Docklands before heading into London, past the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey  before ending in front of Buckingham Palace along the Mall. The winner finished the 26.2 miles in 2 hours and 4 minutes. Some of us were a tad slower than that.  If you watched the Royal Wedding this morning, the Mall is where all of the action was after the wedding itself. Along the marathon route there was hardly a spot where the crowds were not deep and shouting, singing, chanting or waving support. Bands seemed to be every few hundred yards. There were lots of shouts of “good show lads, good show,” “well done lads, well done,” and “carry on lads, only 10 miles to go” – the lads, of course being both the men and women in the race. It was all very British and a great deal of fun.

It was a honor to run for the good folks at Cancer Research UK. Aside from the fact that they are our client, our family, like most of yours, has been touched by cancer. The HOK family has also been touched by cancer, most recently by the loss of “John the Mahon,” our longtime head of HR and, in many ways, the spiritual leader of HOK. It was for this reason that I ran with John’s name on my jersey.

The best news is that, so far, we have raised about £10,000. More information:

  1. April 30th, 2011 - 8:17 am
    Julie Maggos said:

    Bill! Great job! I’m so impressed.. by the marathon, yes, but mostly by the incredible fundraising! Obviously we all wanted to donate to be part of such a worthy cause. I love that you ran with John’s name on your shirt. (Were people calling you John all day?)

  2. May 4th, 2011 - 7:59 am
    Tony Buckli said:

    Bill, what a great way to honor John Mahon. Great job. You set a good example for others.

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