The run raised £3,025 for the Brain Tumour Research (BTR) charity, of which Ms Sykes is a supporter and the medical equipment charity Ninewells Support.
Her teammates also contributed, with five running for a further ten hours in support of the charity by sleep-depriving on the school field mats.
The run, which started at 6 am and finished at 10.30 am, was praised by the organizers, who said the idea “really captured the spirit of the Gordonstoun way of life.”
Brain tumours are rare – accounting for only four per cent of cancers diagnosed in the UK – but were the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK between 2000 and 2016, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed in 2016.
“I am so proud of the Gordonstoun Pupils who have stepped up to support my fundraising efforts,” said Ms Sykes, who wore one of Mr Malcolm’s sweatshirts at the event.
“It was a major honour as a pupil at Gordonstoun.
My dad, Paul Malcolm, was a hospice nurse who worked in Tayside.”
Mr Malcolm’s funeral at Prestwick Crematorium in Ayrshire took place in March this year.
Ms Sykes uses money raised by the charity event and the online fundraiser to set up a new cancer charity in his memory.
“We are beginning to set up a brain tumour charity in his name,” she said.
In some cases, they can grow so large that they affect the brain’s ability to send signals around the body and control movement, leading to a range of symptoms, including seizures, vision loss, and difficulty speaking or walking.
Ms Sykes added that she wants to raise awareness of brain tumours, saying: “We need to find a cure.
Every year in the UK, 8,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour, and 1,500 people die from it.
” The “Team John” team raised £2,500, and the “The Doc” team came in a close second with £1,570.
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