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119 Runners participate in this year’s virtual HD5K, raising a whopping £40,000 for theMotor Neurone Disease Association!

The UK architecture industry's annual charity run HD5K went virtual in May 2021, calling on the built environment and design community to run or walk five kilometres in their local areas, raising money for those suffering with motor neurone disease.

The annual HD5K run is organised by architectural visualisation studio Hayes Davidson in honour of its founder Alan Davidson, who died of motor neurone disease (MND) in 2018. All money raised will go to the MND Association. Over the years, participants have joined from renowned practices such as Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Make, Allies and Morrison, and AHMM, including co-founder and director Simon Allford and his family.

HD5K would not be possible without the hard work and support of the entire Hayes Davidsonteam. "The HD5K has held a special place in all our hearts here at Hayes Davidson, and whilst we would love to be all together this year in Hyde Park again as we did back in 2019, we felt that a virtual run was more appropriate for 2021," said Hayes Davidson joint managing partner David Bullock. "This is very exciting for us, however, as we are able to open up our invitation to join our run to our entire community worldwide!"

Previously held in London's Hyde Park, the annual event returned on 22 May 2021 with a virtual format, attracting participants from all across the UK, Poland, Italy, the United States and Australia!

Participants were asked to run or walk five kilometres in their local neighbourhoods and submit a donation to the MND Association, with prizes to be won for runners who used the dedicated app, JustMove, to track their progress.

Fastest runners Taylor Rogers from Hopkins Architects and Esther Worthington from AHMM won tickets to this year’s World Architecture Festival in Lisbon, with second place Declan Bennett and Suzi Lawrence, both from the London Communications Agency, received one ofa kind wooden dolls designed by Alexander Girard and donated by Vitra. Third place went toThom Kilvert from Hopkins Architects and Carine Hawkins from Caro Communications, winning year long membership to the Design Museum in London.

The fastest runner from the HD team, Bernard Mzorek, completed the 5K in record time in his home of Gdansk, Poland! A further honourable mention goes to Suzy Johnston for raising over £1,000 through Just Giving. A donation of this size is enough to pay for the detailed analysis of the DNA of someone with MND to allow us to further research and understand the disease.

Motor neurone disease describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing weakness and eventually leading to death. The MND Association is a charity focused on providing support for people affected by the disease as well as funding vital research.

“This was my second year taking part in the HD5K run and it was wonderful to be given the opportunity to connect with the other runners and the cause through technology when the pandemic stopped us from meeting in Hyde Park,” said MND Association chief executive Sally Light.“The HD5K run is a wonderful and fitting way to bring colleagues together to raise awareness and funds for the fight against MND and help ensure Alan’s vision and energy continue to be celebrated. We are so grateful to everyone involved for the continued support.”

HD5K Special Edition: Virtual 5K Run 2021

The HD5K has held a special place in all our hearts here at Hayes Davidson, and whilst we would love to be all together this year in Hyde Park again, we felt that a virtual run was more appropriate for 2021. 

This is very exciting for us however, as we are able to open up our invitation to join our run to our entire community worldwide! 

In 2021 everyone can join the HD5K by running or walking 5K in your local neighbourhood with a donation to the MNDA. There is a £20 minimum donation to enter each runner and no limits on entries from one company or practice. 

Our goal is to reach £40,000 to help MNDA and the amazing work that they do. 

The necessary postponement or cancellation of fundraising events during the pandemic has caused smaller charities like the MNDA to face a great loss of funding, so this year only we are opening up the invitation to join our running community!

 Please click below to register!

A HUGE thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!

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First organised by Hayes Davidson in 2018 in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association the HD5K charity run in Hyde Park will now also honour the memory of Alan Davidson who founded Hayes Davidson and who was diagnosed with MND in 2012.
Alan died aged 58 in August 2018 and was present at the inaugural run in May 2018.

Motor neurone disease describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do. With MND, messages from these nerves gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste. It is a cruel and terminal illness that decimates the mobility, communication and respiratory functions, leaving families and loved ones helpless in its wake.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national UK charity focused on MND care and research. Founded in 1979 the organisation has over 9,000 members forming a national and local network that provides information, support and campaigns for improved services. There are 7,000 active volunteers and around 170 paid staff, all dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by MND.

HD5K 2019

On the 16th May 2019, a hundred and twenty of the UK’s top architects and designers competed in a 5K race in London’s Hyde Park. The event, ‘HD5K’ was conceived and organised by Hayes Davidson, and raised - for the second year in a row - over £60,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Alan Davidson, the founder of Hayes Davidson, was diagnosed with MND in 2012.

Practices competing included AL_A, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Allies and Morrison, Amin Taha, Andrew Landscaping Ltd, Assael Architecture, Buckley Gray Yeoman, Caro Communications, Chris Dyson, Coffey Architects, Collado Collins Architects, Conisbee, Cullinan Studio, Dezeen, Expedition Engineering, GDR, Glenn Howells Architects, Groupwork, HAL Architects, Heah & Co, Heatherwick Studio, Hemingway Design, HOK, Hopkins Architects, 

Howard Pease, Jason Bruges Studio, JLL, John McAslan & Partners, John Pawson, John Robertson Architects, LCA, Levitt Bernstein, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Lipton Rogers, London Communications Agency, Make Architects, Mayet Communications, ORMS, Penoyre & Prasad, Pilbrow and Partners, PLP, Rockwell Property, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, Speirs and Major, Stiff + Trevillion Architects, Stirling & Co, Studio Egret West, Takero Shimazaki and Zaha Hadid Architects

HD5K was sponsored by Ali Tomlin Ceramics, Dezeen, the Design Museum, Vitra and The World Architectural Festival (WAF), with prizes including complementary passes to WAF, memberships of the Design Museum, the "Hang It All" coat hanger by Vitra and Ali Tomlin vases. The event was supported by the Alan Davidson Foundation which match-funded all donations made.

Taylor Rogers from Hopkins Architects was first to cross the finish line, in 16 minutes 29 seconds. He was followed by last year's winner, Giacomo Pelizzari from Takero Shimazaki Architects, in second, and Ciaran Garrick from Allies and Morrison in third. 
The fastest female was Cheryl Evans from AHMM, who completed the race in 20 minutes 10 seconds, followed by Hanna Martin-Merchant from AL_A and Koryn Steinbok from Chris Dyson Architects.

The faster team prize was won by the Studio Egret West with an average time of 18 minutes and 34 seconds.
The prize for the company who raised the most funds on Just Giving was awarded to Caro Communications.



Download a full list of runners; name, rank and finish times here>

HD5K 2018

On the 17th May 2018, a hundred of the UK’s top architects and designers competed in a 5K race in London’s Hyde Park. The event, ‘HD5K’ was conceived and organised by Hayes Davidson, and raised over £60,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Alan Davidson, the founder of Hayes Davidson, was diagnosed with MND in 2012.

Practices competing included AL_A, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Allies and Morrison, Amin Taha, Assael Architecture, Caro Communications, Chris Dyson, Coffey Architects, Cullinan Studio, Expedition Engineering, GDR, Heah & Co, Heatherwick Studio, Hemingway Design, HOK, Hopkins Architects, Howard Pease, Jason Bruges Studio, JLL, John McAslan & Partners, John Pawson, John Robertson Architects, 

Levitt Bernstein, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Lipton Rogers, London Communications Agency, ORMS, Penoyre & Prasad, Pilbrow and Partners, PLP, Rockwell Property, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, Speirs and Major, Stirling & Co, Studio Egret West, Takero Shimazaki and Zaha Hadid Architects

HD5K was sponsored by Dezeen, the Design Museum, Vitra and The World Architectural Festival (WAF), with prizes including complementary passes to WAF, Ton Hoop bowls, memberships of the Design Museum, Marset ‘FollowMe’ lamps, Ali Tomlin vases and the George Nelson Fan Clock by Vitra. The event was supported by the Alan Davidson Foundation which match-funded all donations made.

First place was taken by Giacomo Pelizzari of Takero Shimazaki Architects who ran the course in 17:29 and Hannah Smith of London Communications Agency who ran in 20:24 Second place in the run was taken by James Ellis of PLP Architecture who ran the course in 18:16 and Cheryl Evans of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris who ran in 20:34.Third place in the run was taken by Rufus Stirling of Stirling & Co who ran in 18:26 and Cathy Jeremiah of Assael Architecture who ran in 21:13.

The prize for the runner who raised the most funds on Just Giving was awarded to Carolyn Larkin of Caro Communications.

Download a full list of runners;
name, rank and finish times here>

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Kirsty Meredith
Katie Mountford

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