Why I volunteer at the Town and Gown 10k

Our Town and Gown series would not be possible without our incredible volunteers. Peter Neville, 40, from Newmarket, has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). He and his partner Tracie volunteered for Muscular Dystrophy UK at the Cambridge Town and Gown 10k in 2016 because they wanted to “give something back” after receiving support from the advocacy team.

He said: “I was diagnosed with CMT in February last year. I went to the GP with what I thought was carpal tunnel syndrome years ago and had an operation for it, but I carried on getting the symptoms. I got sent to Addenbrooke’s hospital for tests and then I was sent to a neurologist, who said to me straight away that she suspected I had CMT.

“Looking back, I had all the classic symptoms long before then, but I’d never picked up on them. I was always clumsier than everyone else as a child. The neurologist later confirmed it was CMT. She told me that it wasn’t life-shortening but it was life-changing, and suggested that I speak to Muscular Dystrophy UK straight away for help. I called the advocacy team, who advised me to take things one step at a time and told me what they could to for me. They managed to get me a neuromuscular care assistant and an occupational therapist, which really helped.

“There has been a significant deterioration in my condition since then. Things sped up quite quickly over the last 12 months. I used to do a lot of fishing and I find it much harder to do now because my mobility is more limited. I had a manual car but I’ve had to change it for an automatic because it was too painful to drive.

“I stayed in contact with the advocacy team, and they wrote to the housing association when we needed a new place because there wasn’t enough room for a stairlift where we were living. It’s great to have that support there for you on the whole journey, from the moment of diagnosis to dealing with problems that come up later.

“My partner and I volunteered at last year’s Cambridge Town and Gown as marshals because we really wanted to give something back. It was a very emotional day. There was a child participating who was blind and was running with his carer. When you see something like that it makes you realise how giving people can be. I can’t run, and he can’t see, but there he was there raising money for people that he wanted to help.

“People could see me there in the wheelchair and I think it made them realise how much what they were doing was helping people like me. It was a really good atmosphere.”

Peter’s story is a brilliant example of the care and support that Muscular Dystrophy UK gives to over 70,000 people living with muscle wasting conditions in the UK. Events such as our Town and Gown 10k series raise vital funds that enable us to continue providing this support whilst also funding research into finding new treatments and cures.

Our volunteers take on some vital roles, from keeping runners hydrated at water stations to distributing goody bags at the finish line. These wonderful people help create a brilliant atmosphere and ensure all our events run as smoothly as possible. If you would like to volunteer, you can apply here.

Peter volunteering at Cambridge Town and Gown 10k 2016

Peter volunteering at Cambridge Town and Gown 10k 2016


The biggest Oxford Town and Gown ever helps fundraising hit £2 million!

We are delighted to announce that following the success of our 2017 Oxford Town and Gown event, the Town and Gown 10k series has now raised over £2 million for Muscular Dystrophy UK!

This incredible fundraising total was reached as a result of the huge success of our 2017 Oxford event. This year’s event was the biggest Oxford Town and Gown ever with over 4500 10k and junior runners helping to raise nearly £165,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK. This total alone is enough to fund over two-and-a-half years of world-class research, accelerating the search for treatments and cures for devastating muscle-wasting conditions.

This amazing achievement would not be possible without the support of every single one of our amazing runners and all the generous people who sponsor them! We would like to take the time to thank everyone who has been involved throughout the series 36 year long history.

We would also like to thank all our volunteers who give up their free time to help make these events run smoothly. Without these people the Town and Gown events in our three host cities of Oxford, Cambridge and Leicester would not be able to run every year.

Muscular Dystrophy UK would not be able to continue vital work in the fight against muscle-wasting conditions without the money raised through events such as the Oxford Town and Gown. To celebrate we’ve included a selection of photos from the past few Oxford Town and Gowns below.

Once again thank you and congratulations to everyone who has helped us reach this incredible total!


OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM, 12 MAY 2013, Oxford Town and Gown 10k, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Image credit: Sussex Sport Photography.com

A sea of runners from Oxford Town & Gown 10k 2013

Oxford Town and Gown 10k 2014

The event saw even more runners in 2014

MD UK Oxford-149

The elite runners set off in 2015

One of the best costumes we've ever seen at Oxford Town & Gown 2016

One of the best costumes we’ve ever seen at Oxford Town & Gown 2016

This runner clearly enjoyed the 2017 event! The biggest Oxford Town & Gown ever

This runner clearly enjoyed the 2017 event! The biggest Oxford Town & Gown ever

Volunteers Week 1-7 June

Thank you to all our volunteers!

It’s #volunteersweek from 1 – 7 June and we’re taking this opportunity to  send a huge thanks to all of our Town and Gown volunteers. Thank you for all that you do to help make our Town and Gown events a success! We couldn’t do it without you! Below are some of our amazing volunteers in action

University of Leicester Volunteers

Volunteers from the University of Leicester at this year’s Leicester Town & Gown


Water station volunteers at the Oxford Town & Gown


More of our amazing Oxford Town & Gown volunteers


Town & Gown Volunteers braving the elements


Thanks to all these great volunteers

Oxford Town and Gown: this weekend

Are you ready for the 36th Oxford Town and Gown?

Are you ready for the 36th Oxford Town and Gown?

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you all to the 36th Oxford Town and Gown this Sunday.

Here’s all the information in one handy place to help get you to our Event Village at Oxford University Parks, and that all important start line on Sunday!

And for any of you who may have missed your final instructions – follow the links below for your final race information:

We hope you find this information useful and look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Megan and the Town and Gown 10k Team

020 7803 2884




Up and Running Oxford support Town and Gown 10k

We’re delighted that specialist running store Up and Running Oxford is supporting Oxford Town and Gown 2017. The store is hosting training runs and discount days for all registered runners to the event. If you want to make the most of these and haven’t signed up to the event, then now is the perfect time to do so. See below for dates and more info.

Up and Running Town and Gown 10k training runs
Join Up and Running at their store training runs to get race ready. You will find them at 106 London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9AJ

• Running for 5 weeks starting on Thursday 30th March from the store at 6.45pm (meet from 6.30pm).
• Run distances 4k going up to 8k.
• 20 April Special appearance  – Tom Tom will be at the store for you to try their new watches
• 27 April Special appearance – Saucony will be at store from 12pm for free gait analysis. They will also have trainers for runners to try during the training run!

Town and Gown discount shopping days
All Town and Gown entrants will be entiltled to 20% off in store purchases during the dates below. So if you need any running kit before the event this is the time and place to go. All you need to do is take your welcome email which you would have received on sign up as your proof of registration. See below for dates

• 14-16 April 20% off
• 28 April – 1 May 20% off

Keep up to date with the store’s activities on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pg/upandrunningoxford/

Leicester Mercury announced as Media Partner for Leicester Town and Gown 10k

Leicester Mercury

We are delighted to announce leading Leicestershire news publisher Leicester Mercury are supporting our new Leicester Town and Gown 10k as a media partner. The partnership will see articles about our new event being published online and on their social media platforms in the lead up, during and after the event.

Daniel Bird, Leicester Mercury’s Digital Editor, said: “We’re really excited about working with Muscular Dystrophy UK to raise awareness of muscle-wasting conditions. We implore the people of Leicestershire – and further afield – to get their running shoes on for the Leicester Town and Gown 10k this March.”

Emma Jones-Parry, Head of Events and Donor Relations at Muscular Dystrophy UK,  said: “We are thrilled to have Leicester Mercury supporting our inaugural Leicester Town and Gown 10k. Just like our Oxford and Cambridge Town and Gown 10ks, the local media support is brilliant in helping us raise awareness of the event but more importantly muscular dystrophy, which affects over 70,000 people in the UK.”

If you have a story to share contact us on townandgown10k@muscularydystrophyuk.org and we may be able to feature you in one of our news articles with the Leicester Mercury. The Leicester Town and Gown 10k will see runners don the charity orange colour and take on a new three loop chip timed 10k course in Victoria Park and through University of Leicester Campus. If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still plenty of time to dig out those running shoes and join what will be a great day. Find out more about our new event on our Leicester event page.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


It’s hard to believe that the festive season is upon us.

We thought we’d create the above collage to showcase what a great year the Town and Gown series has had, all thanks to thousands of runners that take part in our Town and Gown events in both Cambridge and Oxford. Thank you to everyone that has taken part in 2016, you’ve made our year!

With Christmas only 9 days away, are you looking for a Christmas Gift for a fitness fan? Or perhaps you’d like to recruit a training buddy come January? Buy the gift of an entry into a Town and Gown event near you in 2017 by clicking on the link below.

Buy for a friend today >> https://www.townandgown10k.com/register

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing our repeat runners, and hopefully some new faces joining our runner rankings, in 2017. 

Town and Gown 10k Team

The 2017 Oxford Town and Gown is now open!

A runner celebrates crossing the finish line at the 2016 Oxford Town and Gown 10k

A runner celebrates crossing the finish line at the 2016 Oxford Town and Gown 10k

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Oxford Town and Gown 10k and Junior 3k Fun Run on Sunday 14 May.

Run with 4,000 others through Oxford, a unique and scenic university city. It’s our flagship running event and our flat, fast route is perfect for a chance at a personal best in 2017.

Why not register a friend as a Christmas gift, too? The perfect present for fitness fans!

Register now to secure your place.

Live closer to Leicester? The very first Leicester Town and Gown 10k is open for registrations, taking place on Sunday 5 March 2017. For more information visit our dedicated Leicester Town and Gown 10k page.

Online registrations now closed!

Registrations for the Cambridge Town and Gown 10k are now closed and here at Muscular Dystrophy UK, we’re really excited to be delivering the biggest Cambridge Town and Gown 10k to date!.

If you were not able to register in time to be part of our 5th anniversary, but would still like to take part,  please come to Midsummer Common off Victoria Avenue and register from 8am until 9:15am on Sunday 16th October at our Information Marquee.  Prices are as follows:

  • £25 – 10k
  • £12 Junior 3k Fun Run

Make sure you bring cash!

Below are a few links that may be able to answer your queries in the meantime regarding the event:

We look forward to seeing all our runners on Sunday 16th October!

Muscular Dystrophy UK events team.