Runners take to city streets

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RUNNERS made their way through a 10k route in Durham for charity.

The city hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Town and Gown run yesterday, with competitors.

Runners taking part in the Durham Town & Gown 10K for Muscular Dystrophy at The Grahame Sports Cente, Maiden Castle, Durham on Sunday.

Runners taking part in the Durham Town & Gown 10K for Muscular Dystrophy at The Grahame Sports Cente, Maiden Castle, Durham on Sunday.

The event follows on from the success of others held in Oxford and Cambridge, which have already raised more than £1million to fund the charity’s work to research treatments for the condition and related illnesses.

Among those who took part in yesterday’s event was ITV newsreader and former Durham University student Nina Hossain, who was inspired to take part after hearing about a toddler who lives near her and has muscular dystrophy.

Toya Champ, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s challenge events manager, said hundreds of people took part in the run, which has the toughest route of the three.

More than 70,000 children and adults in the UK have muscular dystrophy or a related neuromuscular condition, with a further 350,000 people affected indirectly as family, friends or carers.

The conditions cause muscles to weaken and waste over time, leading to increasing disability and can also affect the heart and lungs, sometimes significantly shortening life-expectancy.

 

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