Fundraiser and campaigner Joanne Cole joined Team Run MND at the recent Stafford 10K (24 September). This inspirational group are on a running mission for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).
The team were an eye-catching spectacle at the event in their blue and orange outfits complete with matching ra-ra skirts. Amongst their group was 29-year-old Joanne Cole who sadly, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2015 but since then has raised more than £10,000 for the MNDA. She continues to do so despite her condition and plans to enter more races this year and the next that include the Stafford Half Marathon.
Run MND was formed in 2014 following a suggestion to 25 runners fundraising for MNDA who wanted to meet and find out more about each other. The group has increased since then to over 700 members from across the UK and a few from overseas who run all types of races, from 5K to ultras and triathlons as well. The team support each other irrespective of the distance and turned out in force for 24-hour races such as Endure and Insomnia.
One of the team members, Paula Maguire brought the ‘ice bucket challenge’ to the UK and has raised more than £4 million as a result.
Stafford is home to a popular half marathon and the organisers, Stafford Borough Council, hope their latest addition will acquire the same reputation. Over 2,000 runners completed the 6.2-mile route that started at in the town centre, heading out towards Beaconside followed by sections of the Isabel Trail then Victoria Park before finishing in Market Square.
Team Run MND’s slogan is 'there’s no finish line until there is a cure'. We hope that becomes a reality.