'Countdown begins' to Joe's Jog Family Fun Run Mile on Tuesday, 7 June 2022
Posted: Sun, 01 May 2022
FAMILIES, carers and young children are invited to join a charity mile-long fun run to support the work of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT).
The Joe's Jog fun run gives families, carers and children of all ages (though children under seven will need to have an adult with them) and absolutely anyone who wants to join in the fun 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. The event is perfect for everyone, from babies in buggies, to mums and dads and carers taking part with their children and friends. It's also good to see the fun run has been so popular with local scouts and guides groups, junior sports clubs and schools. You can run, walk or jog but most importantly you just enjoy taking part! This event 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.
A record 452 runners took part in 2019 one of the wettest days in June for many a year! Despite this the weather failed to dampen the spirits of both runners and spectators! It would be fabulous in 2022 to have another great turnout following the two year hiatus due to the pandemic, 2022 which will also mark 10 years of JHMT
We are absolutely delighted that a dear friend and supporter of JHMT Matt Piper the former LCFC and Sunderland player, now coach and BBC Radio Leicester football co-summariser, has accepted an invitation to come along and start the fun run this year."
The event will start at 6.15pm in Woodgate in Rothley. Advance entry costs £5 for adults and £4 for children. On-the-day entry costs £10 for adults and £6 for children.
The run is open to people of all ages and abilities, though 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
(A HUGE 'JHMT THANKS' JJ fun run supporters: Gerry Mc Namee Consultants Ltd, Swithland Spring Water and The Trophy Parlour .)
More information about the Mattioli Woods Rothley 10k is available at www.rothley10k.com