A dad of two from Epsom is attempting to run the UK’s greatest endurance challenge later this month to raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition which affects thousands of boys across the UK.
Police officer, Andy Marsh, is taking part in the London2Brighton – a 100km event on the 28th May in which participants can walk, jog or run the distance from London to Brighton. This is the second time, Andy has attempted the challenge but this time he is raising money for the charity, Harrison’s Fund.
Andy, 40, said: “I chose Harrison’s Fund because my son’s friend,who is just seven years old, has Duchenne and I feel this is an extremely worthwhile cause so wanted to be a part of raising awareness and funds for the charity so it can continue its vital work in researching this awful disease.
“Last year I managed to complete the course in 14.5 hours with a lot of training so I know exactly how hard it is. I lost five toenails and had numerous blisters, swelling joints and could hardly walk for a week or so. However none of this compares to what children with Duchenne and their families go through on a daily basis so anytime I feel like stopping, I will just think of all the children like them and it will keep me going to that finish line.”
Harrison’s Fund is named after the nine year old from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. Harrison’s Fund’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne.
Alex Smith, founder of Harrison’s Fund and dad of Harrison said: “Good luck to Andy for his challenge. It is a very tough day but I am sure he will make it all the way to end and do the Duchenne community proud and smash his fundraising target.”
To support Andy please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/andymarsh