A TEAM of more than 100 athletes is being recruited to help raise money for Mid Cheshire's pioneering Neuromuscular Centre (NMC).
The centre, which was founded by Sarah Kelly, wife of TV's Matthew, has been given a huge boost by the announcement that it is to be one of the official charities of the British 10K.
That means the charity, based at Woodford Lane West, Winsford, has been given 112 places for runners to compete in the race and raise money on its behalf.
The event, in its fourth year, is expected to attract more than 20,000 entrants. It takes place on August 1 in London and passes some of the capital's famous landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. It will be televised live on Channel Five.
Community events manager Sharon Griffiths said: 'This year we have been chosen as one of the charities of the event and as a result we have been given a whopping 112 places which we are feverishly trying to fill.
'For my sins I think I am going to take part in the race again this year.
'We are hoping to get a really big team together and have some kind of after-race party in London.'
Anyone who decides to join the NMC runners will have the full support of the centre.
Athletes will also be equipped with a training bag, including training programme, T-shirt and sports bottle. They will be motivated during the event by NMC volunteers and supporters, will be given professional physiotherapy advice and be given their rail fair and booked into a hotel.
Runners will be presented with a medal and certificate and will be invited to a thank you party where they can meet those the money raised has helped.
'It really is a fantastic event and all we ask is that entrants raise a minimum of £150,' added Sharon.
'The NMC is a pioneering charity and the only one of its type in Europe.
'The Centre offers a unique combination of services to those with muscular dystrophy, providing training and sheltered employment opportunities, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and a support and information network for people with muscular dystrophy in the North West and beyond.
'It relies on local community support to raise the £500,000, needed this year alone.' Anyone interested can call Sharon on 01606 861733 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.