Ex-Army dad set to take on the Great North Run 2019

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Kiera Santry
Sam and Jacob (son)

Sam Middleton, an ex-infantry soldier, is set to take on the Great North Run this September.

By running for MDUK, Sam is joining a #TeamOrange of 160 among 55,000 taking part in the world’s largest half-marathon. Sam decided to take on this challenge for MDUK as he was diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) in 2012.

I decided to run for MDUK as I have a form of the condition myself. I thought it would make sense to run for a worthy charity that could eventually help me later on in life.

Fortunately, my condition doesn’t have a huge effect on my everyday life at the moment – apart from aching first thing in the morning or after any physical activity… so I guess that’ll be the challenging part of the run, the aftermath!”

Sam is originally from Sunderland but now lives in Saltburn-by-the-Sea with his fiancée Gemma and their one-year-old son, Jacob. Although Sam has never taken part in a long-distance running event before, having a military background means he has run long distances in the past.

Having watched it on the telly year after year, the Great North Run has been something I’ve wanted to do since I’ve been a young lad! The atmosphere always seems to be great! Obviously being from the area it would mean a lot to say that I’ve completed it! I plan to start my training in the next few weeks which I hope will give me a good chance of completing the run in around two hours. I’m really looking forward to the day. The atmosphere and buzz of it all along with the reason I’m running will be what gets me over the line, I’m sure.”

Sam has made an excellent start with his fundraising and is well on his way to exceeding the minimum fundraising target of £350. Sam hopes that by taking part in this year’s Great North Run he is able to raise as much money as possible, in the hope that one day, a cure is found.

Good luck Sam, we’re all behind you! 

How to support Sam

To support Sam’s fundraising, or to follow his Great North Run journey, please visit his JustGiving page.

How to get involved

If Sam’s story has inspired you to take on the Great North Run, with an atmosphere quite like no other – do join #TeamOrange.  We have a limited number of charity places still up for grabs.

Make every step count in the race to beat muscular dystrophy by signing up today!

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