On your marks, get set and get ready to run a very special mile for Joe
Posted: Mon, 01 May 2017 08:00
Joe's Jog, now in its fourth year, will take place before the Mattioli Woods Rothley 10k running event, which takes place in the Leicestershire village on Tuesday 13 June.
The inclusive and family-friendly fun run, which kicks off at 6.15pm, gives families and children aged seven and over the chance to be part of the Rothley 10k evening. It also raises awareness of the vital work of the JHMT.
Joe Humphries 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, his family and friends have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of SADS and sudden heart deaths. They set up the JHMT to provide free CPR training, help fund community defibrillators and campaign for better understanding of SADS. The charity also runs the Inspire Awards, a small grants scheme that helps inspiring young people to fulfill their potential.
Steve Humphries, chair of the JHMT, said:
"We are all once again looking forward to hosting this event, which means families can join in the atmosphere of the Rothley 10k while helping to raise funds for our vital work saving young heartbeats.
"Last year, 133 runners took part, and we do hope for another great turnout this year.
"Sudden heart deaths like Joe's aren't inevitable, they're preventable. If more people are CPR trained and more defibrillators are made available in public places, we can make a difference to the shocking statistic that 12 young people aged 12-35 die in the UK each week from undiagnosed heart conditions like SADS.
"Running or supporting Joe's Jog is a wonderful way to commemorate Joe in his home village and contribute to the charity we set up in his name. This couldn't be possible without the selfless efforts of the Trust's kind-hearted and talented volunteers, who are so willing to give up their precious time and are so committed to help make a difference."
Advance entry costs £5 for adults and £3 for children. On-the-day entry costs £10 for adults and £6 for children.
All funds raised from Joe's Jog will go towards JHMT's work.
More information about the Mattioli Woods Rothley 10k is available at www.rothley10k.com