Runners needed to help raise funds for research

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RUNNERS will have a spring in their step when they take part in a new event to help thousands of people.

Hundreds of university students and people from across Durham are expected to take part in the first Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Town and Gown 10k on Sunday, March 9.

The runners will be encouraged to wear the charity’s bright orange signature colour as they follow the route on the banks of the Wear, beginning and ending at Graham Sports Centre.

It is hoped that the event will raise £15,000 towards Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s work, which funds pioneering research into the treatments for muscle-wasting conditions, supporting 3,000 people in the North East, and 70,000 across the UK.

Toya Champ, challenge events manager at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, said: “We are very excited to be bringing the Town and Gown 10k series to Durham for the first time and are going to be working hard over the coming weeks to persuade locals to sign up and get fit.

“Whether you are an experienced runner or a complete beginner looking for a new challenge for 2014, we can promise you a fun, friendly, memorable day – and a stunning route along the Wear.

For more information on the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Durham Town and Gown 10k, visit Registration is £16 and open to anyone 16 and over.