Dad’s run challenge to thank charity

9 Febuary 2014... . .    Warren Ashurst with his son Euan. Warren from Alwoodley, is running the Leeds half marathon to raise money for his sons charity 'Euan's Gift' an appeal to raise funds to help Euan directly, and  the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. (TJ1002/32a). Picture by Tony Johnson
9 Febuary 2014... . . Warren Ashurst with his son Euan. Warren from Alwoodley, is running the Leeds half marathon to raise money for his sons charity 'Euan's Gift' an appeal to raise funds to help Euan directly, and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. (TJ1002/32a). Picture by Tony Johnson
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A ROOKIE runner is preparing to tackle the Leeds Half Marathon to thank the charity which has helped his five-year-old son who suffers from muscular dystrophy.

Warren Ashurst, of Alwoodley, is determined to help the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign after benefiting from much needed advice and support.

His son Euan was diagnosed with the muscle wasting condition in the summer of 2012.

Mr Ashurst, 36, said: “We noticed there was something not quite right with Euan, but never expected anything so serious.

“We were referred to a specialist at Leeds General Infirmary and when we got the diagnosis it was devastating.

“The help we got from the Muscular Dystrophy campaign was invaluable.

“We were lucky that one of the campaign’s centres is in Leeds and the staff there were absolutely brilliant. Without their help things would have been much more difficult.

“We decided we wanted to do something to help the campaign.”

The result was the founding of ‘Euan’s Gift’, an appeal to raise funds to help Euan directly and to provide support to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

And the appeal will receive a boost on May 11 when Warren and 19 family and friends take part in the Jane Tomlinson Leeds Half Marathon.

Warren said: “I think I’m pretty sporty but long distance running has never been my thing so it’s going to be a bit of a test.”

Thousands of runners will take to the streets for the Leeds Half Marathon, raising money for one of the event’s partner hospices or other good causes of their choice.

For more information and to enter, go to www.runforall.com.

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