Posted: Tue, 17 Mar 2020 10:00
Families and young children are invited to join a charity mile-long fun run to support the work of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT).
The annual Joe's Jog, now in its 7th year, will take place on Tuesday 16 June, starting at 6.15pm.
Joe's Jog takes place just before the Mattioli Woods Rothley 10k running event which takes place on the same evening in the Leicestershire village.
Joe's Jog is an inclusive and family-friendly fun run giving families and children the chance to be part of the Rothley 10k evening. Joe was 14 when he collapsed and died suddenly while out jogging with a friend 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, the JHMT continues to raise awareness of SADS and sudden heart deaths. The charity provides free CPR training, helps to fund community defibrillators and campaigns for better understanding of SADS. The JHMT also runs the Inspire Awards, a small grants scheme that helps inspire young people to fulfill their potential – something which the victims of SADS are cruelly denied.
Steve Humphries, chair of the JHMT, said: "Everyone's welcome to come along and be part of this special evening in Rothley village – it's perfect for families, from babies in buggies to mums and dads taking part with their children and friends – it's a really inclusive community event! It's good to see the fun run is becoming so popular with local scouts and guides groups, junior sports clubs and schools.
"You can run, walk or jog but most important is that you just enjoy taking part! The 7th annual Joe's Jog event will also bring people together in memory of our Joe and will help to raise vital funds for JHMT's ongoing work to reduce the incidence of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome in young people."
A record 452 runners took part last year – the most participants since Joe's Jog started – raising more than £2,400.
Steve added: "Despite one of the wettest June days for many a year, there was a real buzz to the evening last year and everyone had a fabulous time. We are hoping for another super turnout as the event is becoming more popular every year."
The event will start at 6.15pm in Woodgate in Rothley. Advance entry costs £5 for adults and £4 for children. On-the-day entry costs £10 for adults and £6 for children.
The run is open to people of all ages and abilities. There are no age restrictions, but where juniors are running without an adult, they should be 7 years or older.
All funds raised from Joe's Jog will go towards JHMT's vital work to create a heartsafe community for all.
To take part in Joe's Jog, enter online at: http://jhmt.org.uk/joes-jog
To find out more about the Trust's work, to get involved as a volunteer, or to learn how to apply for the Inspire Awards or CPR training for your sports club, visit www.jhmt.org.uk
More information about the Mattioli Woods Rothley 10k is available at www.rothley10k.com