A WHITBY man is stretching his legs for charity and taking on the world’s largest half-marathon to raise money for people with a muscle-wasting disease.
Chris Bugg, who works at RAF Fylingdales, is taking part in the 2011 BUPA Great North Run and has been preparing for the event by training on the hills around Egton Bridge.
He said: “I chose to run for the charity because my dad has muscular dystrophy and I really wanted to help fund the research into potential cures or treatments.
“It is a horrendous debilitating illness, one that has taken my Dad from playing rugby every weekend, to being in a wheelchair for the rest of his days.
“As a young lad, my Dad was my hero, and it is heartbreaking to see how ill he is now.
“I hope that other people follow my lead and sign up to run for this amazing cause and help people like my Dad.”
Mr Bugg will be one of a 160-strong team of runners for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign who are aiming to raise over £70,000 for the charity.
Katharine Tinker, event organiser from the muscular dystrophy campaign, said: “I’m really proud of all our runners as it really does take a massive amount of training and commitment to cross that finish line.
“There’s still time to sign up and help us reach £70,000 and make a massive difference to people with muscle wasting conditions.”
For more information visit www.muscular-dystrophy.org/gnr.
To donate to Chris’ fund-raising target go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisBugg84.