Harrison Smith from Cobham is calling on runners to join ‘Team Harrison’ for next year’s Mercer Surrey Half Marathon and raise funds for Harrison’s Fund, which funds research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
The 12 year old is the inspiration behind the charity’s work into the life limiting condition which affects him and thousands of boys like him. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a rare genetic condition that affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away.
The charity, which is the Local Title Charity Partner for 2019, is offering an early bird special price of £15 pp or a team of four is £45 and if you buy three places you get a fourth one free. And for those who don’t want to fundraise, they can buy a non-fundraising place for £100 from the charity.
Harrison’s Fund will provide each runner with a ‘Team Harrison’ running vest and there will be cheering squads at the event along with the band from Greenfield School, playing music to egg the runners on. Runners will also enjoy a post-race reception.
The Mercer Surrey Half Marathon takes place at Woking Leisure Centre on Sunday 10th March. It is a friendly and local event, which promises a high-quality experience for every runner. It is set in the glorious countryside surrounding Woking and Guildford and follows a fully-closed and professionally marked and measured route out from Woking town into the rural delights of the nearby quaint villages. This picturesque race is made even more enjoyable by live music and communities of local supporters. There is also a 5km route and kids race.
Harrison’s Fund works to fund research into Duchenne. Its 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. The charity is currently funding 12 research projects in the US and the UK.
Laura Morgan, Events Fundraiser at Harrison’s Fund said: “The Mercer Surrey Half Marathon is one of our biggest events of the year and money raised from the event will enable us to continue our work. Harrison’s Fund is here to change the landscape of Duchenne. We only put money into research which we believe will see the fastest results and the biggest impact. Everyone who runs with us will be part of the team that helps children with Duchenne have a life past childhood, so what more motivation do you need?”