SUPPORT for those running the Oxford Town and Gown 10K for Muscular Dystrophy UK has come from an unlikely sporting hero.

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards has sung the praises of those taking on the fundraising event this coming May and wished everyone good luck.

The British skier, who in 1988 became the first competitor in 60 years to represent Great Britain at the Olympics and famously came last in two events, also completed the Oxford event back in the 1980s.

He said: “All the very best of luck to everyone taking part in the fun run for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

“I hope you not only raise lots of money for such a worthwhile charity, but also have lots of fun running/walking the course.”

And after the crazy Arctic weather of the last two months, added: “If it snows, take your skis with you.”

The 10K race was first run in 1982 and take runners through a scenic route of Oxford from University Parks.

It is staged by Muscular Dystrophy UK and raises funds for the charity to help fund vital research into finding a cure.

Oxford University research scientist Corinne Betts, is one of a team of about 10, swamping lab coats for Lycra to take on the 10K.

She said: “I have run the race a few times in the past so I am continuing that as a small way to give back to the charity for funding such research.

“It is a wonderful charity that not only funds cutting edge research for a range of diseases but also gives hope to so many parents and patients confronting this horrible disease.

The charity also supports families and helps with equipment and facilities.”

Muscular Dystrophy is a muscle-wasting disease that primarily affects men and Dr Betts research aims to find a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Dr Betts and the group of scientists will run as MDUK Oxford University Neuromuscular centre in honour of the new research centre expected to open this year.

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