Spaces available for first ever Brighton Marathon


Leading charity Deafness Research UK still has a few spaces left for the first ever Brighton Marathon on Sunday 18 April, so there’s no better time to resurrect that New Year’s resolution and make a positive choice to do something worthwhile.


[UKPRwire, Thu Jan 21 2010] Leading charity Deafness Research UK still has a few spaces left for the first ever Brighton Marathon on Sunday 18 April, so there’s no better time to resurrect that New Year’s resolution and make a positive choice to do something worthwhile. The deadline for entries is 1 Feb, so if you want to run for Deafness Research UK, you are encouraged to contact the charity as soon as possible.

Sue Bowcock, Community and Events Officer for Deafness Research UK, said: “You can enjoy the challenge of running a full marathon and raise vital funds for hearing research. We are probably one of the easiest options for anyone thinking about running the marathon, and any funds raised will make a real difference to our ability to conduct further life changing research for children and adults across the UK.

“Unlike some other charities, we do not demand a minimum sponsorship figure and we are not necessarily looking for experienced club runners. As long as you are fit enough to take on the challenge, are prepared to do the training and want to run for Deafness Research UK, we look forward to receiving enquiries from interested parties over the next week or two.”

For further information, contact Sue Bowcock on 0207 679 8965 or e-mail her at sue.bowcock@deafnessresearch.org.uk

“The first ever Brighton Marathon is sure to be a massive success,” added Sue. “The event will take place in the beautiful, and thankfully flat, seaside resort of Brighton. The organisers are fantastic supporters of small charities like ours and we hope that this will be a big fundraiser for Deafness Research UK. All we ask for is the £95 registration fee, plus as much sponsorship as you can raise for the charity.
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Registration fee includes:
Covered “Charity Runner Hospitality” at the Start Area (accompanied access @ £2 per person): to include food & drink, extra toilets, and dedicated baggage drop-off.
Covered “Charity Runner Hospitality” at the Finish Area (accompanied access free if fee paid at Start, otherwise same fee of £2 per head applies): to include food & drink, extra toilets, and dedicated baggage pick-up.
“Red” Charity Runner wristband to ensure entry to exclusive charity areas.
Colour coded “Red” Charity Bib Number for race.
Finisher Certificate.
Finisher Medal.
Finisher T-shirt.
Finisher Goody Bag.


About Deafness Research UK
• Deafness Research UK is the country’s only charity dedicated to finding new cures, treatments and technologies for deaf, hard of hearing and other hearing impaired people.
• The charity supports high quality medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of hearing impairment including tinnitus.
• The Deafness Research UK Information Service provides free information and advice based on the latest scientific evidence and informed by leading experts. The Information Service can be contacted on Freephone 0808 808 2222
• For more information on research into deafness, tinnitus and other hearing conditions, log on to the website at www.deafnessresearch.org.uk where you can access a wide range of information. Alternatively you can e-mail Deafness Research UK at info@deafnessresearch.org.uk
• One in seven people in the UK – almost nine million people - suffer hearing loss.
• Deafness Research UK was founded in 1985 by Lord (Jack) and Lady Ashley of Stoke.
In January 2008, Action for Tinnitus Research (ATR) was linked with Deafness Research UK under a uniting direction order under section 96(6) of the Charities Act 1993.

Scientific & medical advances
Since its creation in 1985, Deafness Research UK has awarded over £10 million in research grants to secure radical improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of hearing impairment.
The advances we have been responsible for include:
• the development of the Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) test to enable doctors to identify hearing impaired babies at birth. …/cont
• research into more effective cochlear implant devices and services, including assessment, fitting and rehabilitation procedures for children.
• improvements in signal processing for digital hearing aids in order to help improve speech discrimination and understanding, particularly in noisy environments
• the isolation of genes responsible for many forms of inherited deafness including the most important breakthrough – that mutations in the Connexin-26 gene cause a significant proportion of congenital and childhood deafness
• research into preventing or repairing inner ear damage, including funding researchers who were the first to report that hair cells in the mammalian balance system can regenerate
• the discovery that an overproduction of the neurotransmitter glutamate can be linked to tinnitus, a finding which could lead to new drug treatments for the condition.

Further Deafness Research UK achievements can be found at www.deafnessresearch.org.uk and following the ‘achievements’ button. A direct link follows here:
http://www.deafnessresearch.org.uk/Scientific%20%26amp%3B%20medical%20advances+2213.twl

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