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Running the Great North Run for Action Duchenne

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Date: 16 Sep 2015 12:31

Sunday 13th September saw thousands of people head to Newcastle to take part in the Great North Run 2015. A 13.1 mile route taking runners through the city centre towards the River Tyne where they crossed over the iconic Tyne Bridge. From there, runners passed through Gateshead and on towards South Shields.

Two of this year’s runners were our very own Anthony Adams, Warehouse Manager and Darrel Watson, Warehouse Operative. They were running with a team of 9 others for their nominated charity, Action Duchenne. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,500 live male births (around 2500 people have DMD in the UK). Duchenne results in progressive loss of strength and is caused by a mutation in the gene. The muscle cells are easily damaged and the progressive muscle weakness leads to serious medical problems, particularly issues relating to the heart and lungs. Young men with Duchenne typically live into their late twenties. Life expectancy is improving as standards of care and knowledge about Duchenne increases, and some men live into their 30’s and 40’s.

For more information about the charity, visit Anthony and Darrel’s fundraising is still underway, with friends, family and colleagues still donating to their cause. We will announce their final total when all donations have been collected. To donate to their cause, please visit Anthony’s Just Giving page, So how did they do? Anthony completed the gruelling 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 22 minutes, whilst Darrel flew ahead to complete the course in an impressive 1 hour and 31 minutes! Well done guys, we’re all really proud of your achievement and generosity to such a worthy cause.


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