Town and Gown host their first 10k run in Leicester

By Lauren Sedgley

Town and Gown, a charity that helps children and adults who suffer with muscular dystrophy, staged their first 10k fundraiser run in Leicester on March 5.

The event took place at in the centre of Leicester with the route including locations such as Victoria Park and University of Leicester campus.

Over 300 people signed up for the event and on the day 274 people took part in the run and braved the rain that went on for most of the day.

Team Running for Jackie White

Runners pose with their medals following the event

Krishan Solanki, challenge events manager for Town and Gown, said: “The event was a success, but hard to compare with the other two events, which are more established and attract thousands of runners.

“For the first year we hoped to get 300 runners which we did, so on that basis it was a success.”

So far from the Leicester run they have raised £9,200, with this number set to increase over the next month with the aim to reach £10,000.

Town and Gown already stage 10k fundraisers in Oxford and Cambridge that are a huge success in raising money for muscular dystrophy.

With the success of the Leicester fundraiser, Town and Gown hope to stage another fundraiser next year around the same time.

Muscular dystrophy is a muscle-wasting condition that affects more than 70,000 children and adults in the UK alone.

The charity aims to fund world-class research that finds treatments and cures.

They also provide support for individuals and families that are affected by muscular dystrophy and also raising awareness of the condition.

The next 10k fundraiser will be held in Oxford on May 14 with registration open to people wanting to participate.

To find out more about the charity and their work visit http://www.townandgown10k.com.

 

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