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Supporting the 70,000 people living with muscle-wasting conditions in the UK, Muscular Dystrophy UK are bringing their famous Town and Gown 10K run back to Leicester for the third year. The event, which will take place at the Charles Wilson Sports Hall, University of Leicester, LE1 7RH, will see runners run through Victoria Park starting at 10am on Sunday 17th March 2019.

This amazing event, the newest 10K in the series, aims to raise awareness and funds to continue to give support, advice and resources to those living with many conditions such as Becker Muscular Dystrophy in the UK, alongside also supporting the families and professionals who work with them such as Tristan Jones, a marathon runner who will be taking part in the Leicester Town and Gown and will be running for seven-year-old T-Jay who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at only three-years-old.

Tristan, from Nottingham, now does his part in encouraging runners from Leicester and Nottingham to take part in this event, saying “T-Jay is my son’s school friend and also the son of my wife’s best friend. I’ve only been running for ten months, I’m training for a marathon, but I registered immediately to try to help T-Jay when I saw the Town & Gown for MD advertised.”

“This is a progressive and debilitating condition which is also life-limiting. Being close to the family, we can see the horrible effect this has, not just on T-Jay, but on his family too.”

The event has three of its kind in the country, with the others taking place in Oxford and Cambridge, with the oldest starting in 1982 in Oxford. This one began as a fun run, but now attracts up to 5,000 runners every year. Anyone can take part in these runs, on an event day you’ll see serious athletes and first-timers alike taking on the unique routes. So, if you’re wanting to beat your personal best, or just get through your first 10K run, this is the time to do it.

This charity provides a personal support system which is available to whoever may need it at their point of need. Alongside, a specialist helpline which hands out free information and advice which, in the last year alone, responded to more than 25,000 requests for help.

Becker Muscular Dystrophy, just one of the many conditions MDUK support, has about 2,400 cases diagnosed in the UK to date. With almost all of them male. An individual with this type of muscle-wasting condition is usually diagnosed by the time they reach their 20s, but some do not find out about their condition until well into their adult life. This condition can cause some children to struggle with sports, but can also affect the muscles of the heart and those that are used for breathing. Because of the nature of the areas affected, it is vital those with Becker Muscular Dystrophy receive the right specialist care that they need.

Currently, there is no treatment for this specific muscle-wasting condition, but MDUK is hoping that the research into the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (a closely related condition) would also benefit those with Becker Muscular Dystrophy.

The funds raised from your involvement in the Leicester Town and Gown 10K run could help find this cutting edge research and much more.

Every runner will receive a gift bag and medal at the end of their run. And there will be a trophy for the university with the most runners! Who doesn’t love a bit of healthy competition with our fellow Leicester University, UoL?

To sign up for the Leicester Town and Gown 10K, visit this website:

https://www.townandgown10k.com/leicester/register-to-race-for-leicester-town-gown/

And be sure to choose the De Montfort University team!

Posted by Chloe Smart

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