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Wings for Life has shared the UK results from the 2024 Wings for Life World Run (WFLWR) event.

Alex Milne and Anna Morris were crowned the UK winners of the unique global event held in Battersea Park London, after being the last participants to be caught by the event’s signature “Catcher Car.” Given a 30-minute head start, the pair covered a combined 107.3KMs before being overtaken by a virtual ‘Catcher Car,’ representing a moving finish line, which this year was voiced by Red Bull athlete and IRONMAN world champion, Lucy Charles-Barclay.

Running for those who can’t, 3760 participants in the UK took part in the event virtually or by joining one of the in-person App Run events held across the country in locations including Battersea Park, David Ross Sport Village in Nottingham, and Phillips Park in Manchester.

With its unique race format, the 2024 edition of Wings for Life World Run once again showed why it is the most inclusive running event in the world, drawing 265,827 participants globally to run, roll in a wheelchair, jog, or simply walk in aid of spinal cord research.

Spanning 192 nationalities and 158 countries, participants ran, walked or rolled to keep ahead of the Catcher Car.

The global winners of the event were Dominka Stelmach from Poland, who triumphed in the women’s category by covering 55KM in Poznań, while Tomoya Watanabe ran 70.09KM during the run in Marine Messe Fukuoka, Japan.

The 2024 edition of Wings for Life World Run made significant strides in fundraising, with global entry fees and donations totalling a record €8,104,499.15. Notably, 100% of all entry fees and donations went directly to spinal cord research.

Speaking on her win at Wings for Life World Run in Battersea Park, Anna Morris, 20, from the University of Bath said: ‘This was such an amazing experience! The atmosphere was brilliant and the temperature was exactly how it needed to be. I came to run with my friends from University hoping to cover a half marathon distance, but ended up running my first ever marathon distance and more!”

Alex Milne, 34, from London said: “I’ve been meaning to do Wings for Life World Run for a long time, so I’m pleased to have taken part this year and competed against runners from across the world. It was a unique but tough experience.

Since the first event in 2014, the Wings for Life World Run has raised a total of €51.93 million over the past ten years, with 1,559,543 people having taken part.