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Architects raise £40,000 for motor neurone disease in HD5K charity race

Promotion: architects and designers from Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Heatherwick Studio and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners were among participants in a five-kilometre race that raised £40,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Almost one hundred people gathered in Hyde Park to take part in this year's HD5K race, which was organised by architectural visualisation studio Hayes Davidson in honour of its late founder Alan Davidson.

Davidson was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2012 and later died in August 2018, aged 58. The £40,000 sum raised in this year's race means HD5K has raised over £240,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association since the inaugural run in 2018.

HD5K runners gathered at a band stand with a banner
Nearly one hundred architects and designers participated in the HD5K 2022 race

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners director Ivan Harbour and partner Simon Smithson were among this year's racers, as well as David Bullock and Terri Riches-Black from Hayes Davidson.

Other participants included Takero Shimazaki Architects director Takero Shimazaki and Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt director David Ayre.

Runners gathered chatting in Hyde Park for the HD5K race
Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt director David Ayre was among this year's runners

"It was wonderful to see so many friends of the studio come together and raise funds this way," said Olga Banaszyk, senior, partner of Hayes Davidson. "It's an honour to carry on Alan's legacy in this annual event."

"The MND Association is an exemplary charity, supporting care and research into this disease. We are greatly touched by the kindness shown by all the practices and supporters who contributed to this cause."

First to cross the finish line was Taylor Rogers from Hopkins Architects, who completed the race in 16 minutes 56 seconds. In second place was Adam Lampon from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, with Alec Parcell from Allies + Morrison coming in third place.

Rosa Alvarez De Arcaya from Speirs Major was the fastest female, who finished in 21 minutes 7 seconds. She was followed by Koryn Steinbok from Chris Dyson Architects and Esther Worthington from Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

The HD5K 2022 winners received prizes from World Architecture Festival, the Design Museum and Vitra. Other event sponsors included Dezeen and Ali Tomlin Ceramics.

Runners leaving the starting point at the HD5K race
HD5K has raised over £240,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association since starting in 2018

The Alan Davidson Foundation coordinated the fundraising and matched the amount raised by runners, bringing the total up to £40,000.

"The whole HD5K event is a wonderful way to celebrate Alan and it was very inspiring to see representatives from across the architecture and design community," said Chris James, director of external affairs at the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

"We remain grateful to all those who supported the event and especially to Hayes Davidson and the Alan Davidson Foundation for their continued partnership in the fight against MND."

HD5K 2022 is still taking donations, which can be made by visiting its Just Giving page.

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