Hayes Davidson

HD5K - A run in Hyde Park

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>

Photography by

Rachel Ferriman 
Kirsty Meredith
Katie Mountford

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