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Miles for Hope

24th April 2024

Metro Bank Colleague’s Marathon Efforts Raise over £1500 for Cancer Research UK


The UK’s community bank, Metro Bank , gives every colleague a Day to Amaze – essentially a paid day off to support a local charity or good cause. Greg Harris, a Metro Bank colleague, and resident of Hornchurch recently achieved a significant personal milestone by participating in the prestigious London Marathon to support Cancer Research UK a cause close to his heart.






His journey to the marathon started over a decade ago when he began entering the ballot, fuelled by the desire to be part of the iconic event. The news of his acceptance into the 2024 London Marathon came as a delightful surprise during a holiday in Sicily last July, where Greg also proposed to his girlfriend.


While navigating the challenges of Covid lockdowns, Greg discovered a passion for running, although he had not been able to consistently pursue it in the following year. The daunting task of covering 26.2 miles was met with the determination and a commitment to training. Upon his return from holiday, he began light training, which intensified significantly after the New Year festivities in 2024.


Following a recommended 16-week training program comprising four runs per week, Greg steadily increased his stamina and distance for the marathon ahead. His dedication paid off not only in personal achievement but also in his efforts to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.


“The journey from training to crossing the finish line was challenging but incredibly fulfilling. Nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming support. It gave me such a boost seeing so many friends and family in the crowd,” says Metro Bank’s Support Engineer, Greg Harris. “A huge thank you to everyone who helped me in raising over £1500 for Cancer Research UK, I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support. Witnessing the impact of cancer on family and friends firsthand, I deeply appreciate the role that research plays in improving the outcomes and saving lives.”


To join Greg in supporting Cancer Research UK, please click here.