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.

Turning the town orange!

We are always thrilled when our Town and Gown 10k runners turn up in their best orange outfits. We’ve seen plenty over the years: tonnes of tutus, a fair few tigers and even a Mrs Tickle at this year’s Oxford Town and Gown!

Wearing orange creates a fantastic atmosphere, but it’s not just about having fun. It’s also about spreading awareness that the Town and Gown 10k is organised and funded entirely by Muscular Dystrophy UK. Since 1959, we’ve been supporting families living with muscle-wasting conditions. We provide vital information, advice, resources and support for people with these conditions, their families and the professionals who work with them.

Muscle-wasting conditions are very rare, affecting just over one in every 1,000 people. Many people haven’t heard of them. To have an entire town turned our signature colour for one morning goes a long way in spreading the word about these conditions and the work that we do fighting to beat them.

We look forward to seeing your most outrageously orange outfit at the next Town and Gown 10k!

Local business bestows bespoke caps and gowns on charity runners


The Cambridge Town and Gown 10k takes place on Sunday 16th October and loops around the city centre, beginning on Victoria Avenue and finishing on Midsummer Common. It is organised every year by Muscular Dystrophy UK, the charity that offers support and information for the 70,000 people in the UK living with muscular dystrophy and other muscle-wasting conditions.

Ashington Ceremonial Gowns is supporting the charity by selling official orange gowns and mortar boards for £19.99, with £5 of proceeds going towards raising vital funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Tom Wood, Director of Ashington Ceremonial Gowns said:

“We are delighted to team up with Muscular Dystrophy UK and help support such an important cause. The Cambridge Town and Gown 10k is always a great event and we hope to help make it even bigger and better in a sea of orange!”

Nick Hearne, Corporate Partnerships Manager at MDUK said:

“Ashington Ceremonial Gowns is helping make this year’s run a memorable one, and we hope to see many of our runners looking the part with their orange cap and gown. We encourage as many people as possible to sign up for the run and of course, order an orange ensemble from Ashington Ceremonial Gowns.”

The deadline for orange cap and gown orders is the 15th August 2016. Gowns will be shipped at the start of October in time to wear for the big day on Sunday 16th October 2016

For more information or to sign up for the Cambridge Town and Gown 10k go to: www.townandgown10k.com/cambridge/

Already signed up? To order your orange cap and gown, go to: https://graduation-gowns.co.uk/townandgown/

NEW: Cambridge Town and Gown Junior 3k Fun Run


We are excited to announce that a brand new event is joining the starting line up for the Cambridge Town and Gown this October: the NEW Junior 3k Fun Run!

Collage of pictures of runners at the Town and Gown Junior Run

Join us at the Cambridge Town and Gown Junior 3k Fun Run – Sunday 16 October 2016

Following the huge success of the Junior 3k Fun Run at Cambridge Town and Gown’s sister event in Oxford, we can’t wait to recreate the family fun in Cambridge.

The Junior Fun Run will be open to all 9-15 year olds and will be a 3k, chip-timed route through the parks. The run will take place just before the adult 10k on Sunday 16 October.

Every junior finisher will be rewarded with a new sports top and medal, as well as some other exciting goodies! There will be prizes on the day for both overall winner and boys and girls age categories.

So young people of Cambridge: get involved! Entry is just £12.

Teams from schools and clubs can join the Town and Gown fun with our competitions to be in with the chance of winning a prize! We love having schools on board. Check out what one school in Oxford had to say:

‘The Junior Race was short and very quick, and there was a decent turnout which meant that our boys loved it.’ – Duncan Bailey, Headmaster, Cothill House


Find out more about the Cambridge Town and Gown Junior 3k Fun Run or sign up today.


You did it! #TeamOrange

MDUK - Oxford Town & Gown 2016-339

On the weekend, over 4,000 runners took to the streets of Oxford for the 35th annual Muscular Dystrophy UK Town and Gown 10k. The weather was glorious and our runners turned out in full force on Sunday, determined to meet their fundraising targets.

Supporters, volunteers, families and friends of the charity were all on hand to cheer them on from the side-lines, and we were delighted to welcome some very special guests on the day to start the races off.

Starting the junior race were brothers Jay and Adam Pearson, and the 10k race was started by Noah Elkington and his sister, Summer.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our runners, around £150,000 is expected to be raised to help us continue to fund ground-breaking research and provide vital care and support for all those affected by muscle-wasting conditions.

Emma Jones-Parry, Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Head of Events, said:

“What a fantastic day – the sun shone all morning for our runners. We are extremely grateful to Oxford City Council and the University for supporting another successful event.

Between the adult and junior race, around 4,500 people signed up to join us this morning. With their help, we are on target to raise £150,000 of funding towards the charity’s work. That’s enough to back an ambitious research project or to provide vital help for thousands of families.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part today and made the event such a huge success. We also owe a particular thank you to our volunteers for their fantastic work, and to the Pearson-McKechnie and Elkington families, especially Jay, Adam, Noah and Summer, for setting off our runners for us.”

Make sure you visit our Facebook page for the photos we took in Event Village on the day. For all Race photos, Sussex Sport Photography have released their gallery.Inspired to run for us? Our Town and Gown 10k is coming to Cambridge in October. Visit our Town and Gown 10k website for more information.

If you took part in the race and are yet to check your result, you can find them on the Chip Timing website.
Please note these results are provisional and will be finalised within the next week.If you have any queries please contact us.
Thank you for making this years Oxford Town and Gown a day we won’t forget!

What to bring if you’re running the Oxford Town and Gown

Wondering what to bring this #townandgowntuesday? We’ve pulled together a list of everything you need.


  1. Running number – please make sure you fill out the medical and emergency contact information on the back of your number
  2. Baggage label – don’t forget to write your name and running number on here.
  3. Safety pins
  4. Your orange finery!

If it’s a hot day

  1. Water – we’d recommend bringing some with you to keep your fluid levels up in between the water stations. There will be a water station at 4k, 7k and one at the finish. However if it is as warm as it has been we would recommend you sip water as you go through the course to prevent dehydration.
  2. Sun cream – stay sunsafe!
  3. A hat – this can make a huge difference when you’re running to keep the sun off your face

If it’s a cold day

  1. Something to keep you warm before the start
  2. Something to put on to keep you warm at the end
  3. Layers!

Other items you might want to bring

  1. Change of clothes – there are male and female changing facilities in the Event Village
  2. Snacks – there will be food available to purchase within the Event Village