University supporting Town and Gown 10k run

The University of Leicester has declared its support for the new Leicester Town and Gown charity run.

The 10k race, organised by charity Muscular Dystrophy UK, is coming to the city for the first time on Sunday 5 March.

The run will take place in Victoria Park, incorporating parts of the University's Campus.

Lewis Jones, Sport Development Officer for University of Leicester, said the run is a terrific opportunity for people of Leicester to unite for a good cause.

Lewis said: “The University is constantly looking for opportunities to expand its community impact in the city of Leicester and the Town and Gown 10k presents a fantastic chance to do so. Working alongside Muscular Dystrophy UK, the University hopes to unite the city behind a fantastic cause and raise awareness of the efforts the charity makes.”

The charity, which funds research into muscular dystrophy and provides care and support to affected families, has close links with the University through Richard Attenborough.

Emma Jones-Parry, Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Head of Events, said: “The University’s support really puts the Gown into Town and Gown. Since its inception in Oxford in 1981, the event has been all about bringing local residents and students together to raise money for a good cause. We’re incredibly grateful to all the staff and students for their passion and enthusiasm for fundraising."