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Phil set to complete hat-trick of 10ks to raise awareness of rare muscle disease

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LOCAL runner Phil Oakes is set to embark on his third 10k tomorrow raising funds for a little known charity to support people living with the chronic muscle disease myasthenia.

Phil aged, 41 from Woolston has already completed the Leigh 10k and Wigan 10k and will complete his hat-trick in the Warrington English Half Marathon 10k tomorrow (Sunday).

He is raising money for the Myaware charity to increase public and medical awareness to support people living with myasthenia, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles, which are responsible for breathing and moving parts of the body, including the arms and legs.

Phil said: “We are trying to raise much needed funds to assist this little known charity. This charity supports our family no end as my mother in law was diagnosed with the condition in 2012.

“I took up running few years back (2015) and thought I’ll challenge myself to do a 10k and raise some money for the Myaware charity and got the running bug.”

The name myasthenia gravis, which is Latin and Greek in origin, means “grave, or serious, muscle weakness.”

To donate to Phil’s charity visit https://www.justgiving.com/Philip-Oakes

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