On your marks, get set, go for the sixth Joe’s Jog!
Posted: Tue, 07 May 2019
The inclusive and family-friendly fun run gives families and children aged seven and over the chance to be part of the Rothley 10k evening.
Joe was 14 when he collapsed and died suddenly while out jogging near his Rothley home. He was a victim of SADS – sudden arrhythmic death syndrome – a heart condition which can strike anyone at any time, particularly otherwise fit and healthy young people.
Since Joe's death, the JHMT continues to raise awareness of SADS and sudden heart deaths. The charity provides free CPR training, helps to fund community defibrillators and campaigns for better understanding of SADS. The JHMT also runs the Inspire Awards, a small grants scheme that helps inspire young people to fulfill their potential – something which the victims of SADS are cruelly denied.
Steve Humphries, chair of the JHMT, said: "Everyone's welcome to come along and be part of this special evening in Rothley village - perfect for families, from babies in buggies to mums, dads taking part with their children and friends. It's also good to see the fun run is becoming popular with local scouts and guides groups, junior sports clubs and schools. You can run, walk or jog but most important is that you just enjoy taking part! at the 6th JHMT Joe's Jog family fun mile event. This also brings people together in memory of Joe and helps to raise vital funds for JHMT's ongoing work to reduce the incidence of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) in young people. "
"Nearly 400 runners took part last year – the most participants since we started Joe's Jog – raising more than £1,400.
"There was such a great community spirit. There was a real buzz to the evening and everyone had a fabulous time. We are hoping for a huge turnout as the event is becoming more popular every year."
The event will start at 6.15pm in Woodgate in Rothley. Advance entry costs £5 for adults and £3 for children. On-the-day entry costs £10 for adults and £6 for children.
Juniors running without parental supervision need to be at least seven years old. Families are also welcome to run or walk the course with smaller children in buggies.
All funds raised from Joe's Jog will go towards JHMT's vital work to create a heart safe community for all.
To take part in Joe's Jog, enter online at: http://jhmt.org.uk/joes-jog
To find out more about the Trust's work, to get involved as a volunteer, or to learn how to apply for the Inspire Awards or CPR training for your sports club, visit www.jhmt.org.uk
More information about the Mattioli Woods Rothley 10k is available at www.rothley10k.com