Runners tough it out in support of Muscular Dystrophy UK

PUBLISHED: 12:04 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:04 08 November 2017

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The Two Bays Tough Ten Challenge returns to Weston in 2018 and runners will be supporting Muscular Dystrophy UK.

The Two Bays Tough Ten Challenge returns to Weston in 2018 and will once again be supporting Muscular Dystrophy UK as its race director, Roland Gibbard said.

“The Tough 10 race features an all-terrain, closed-road, 10-mile course, offering a great challenge for those looking to set themselves a goal. After a successful introduction last year, there will again be the shorter, but testing five-mile Friendly 5. There’s also a family friendly one-mile fun run along the beach and promenade, so the event really does offer something for the whole family.”

Lisa Cramphorn from Nailsea, is urging people to join in the challenge and support Muscular Dystrophy UK. Lisa’s four-year-old son Luke was diagnosed with the life-limiting condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy in September this year.

On receiving the diagnosis the family were advised that there is currently no cure for this muscle-wasting condition which affects around 3,000 boys and young men in the UK.

Lisa said: “We knew he wasn’t running or climbing stairs like his brother was at his age, but we certainly didn’t think anything serious was wrong. To go from that mind set to finding out that he had a progressive muscle wasting disease, rocked our world. Life suddenly looked very different and it took everything we had to get up in the morning and continue being parents.”

Encouraged by the advances being made in research Lisa got in contact with Muscular Dystrophy UK and set up a fundraising campaign called Luke’s Army to raise money for research into Duchenne.

“The support we have received from the local community since we set up Luke’s Army has been amazing and it really helps us when we have our dark days as we come to terms with Luke’s diagnosis.

“It would be great to see people joining in the Two Bays challenges and support the work of Muscular Dystrophy UK. Raising just £44 will help fund another hour of vital research to bring us a step closer to finding a cure for our son.”

The race takes place on February 25 and registration is now open at www.twobaystoughten.co.uk

To find out more about Luke’s Army and how you can support the work of Muscular Dystrophy UK, visit www.musculardystrophyuk.org/lukes-army

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