Worthing running club takes on five-week Mission 5000 challenge

A Worthing running club has completed a five-week challenge to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and money to help find a cure.

A total of 23 members of Run Academy Worthing set out to run, walk, swim, cycle and even horse ride 1,500 miles as their contribution to the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s Mission 5000 challenge.

In the end, they managed more than 2,100 miles and have raised £3,100 to date.

They launched their campaign on Worthing seafront on Sunday, September 13, and each mile covered represented an individual who has MDN in the UK today.

The cause was particularly close to the club’s heart this year as the husband of one of the runners passed away on August 1, aged 54.

Many members felt the challenge would be the perfect way to celebrate the life of Stuart Acaster, as well as raising much-needed funds and, more importantly, awareness, of the disease.

Visit www.mndassociation.org/get-involved/fundraising/fundraising-events/mission-5000 for more information.

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This article originally ran in the Worthing Herald in October 2020.