Astronomers set to swap space for 10k charity run

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Space is not quite the final frontier for astronomers from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, who are set to run for charity.

These stargazers from the headquarters of the world’s biggest radio telescope are taking on the challenging mission of the Great Manchester Run on Sunday, May 22.

Their team includes Andrea Casson, from Buxton, who is Head of Project Management for SKA.

It will be the third time she has taken part in the 10k event, now in its 14th year and set to attract another bumper entry of up to 40,000 runners.

Andrea said: “The SKA project is a huge challenge and you dream about working on something of this size and scale. It’s worth all the challenges and frustrations for what we’re trying to do.”

“There are 17 of us from the SKA team taking part in the Great Manchester Run. I’ve done the Run twice and it’s a fantastic atmosphere and comparable to the London Marathon with the crowds cheering you on along the route.”

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