Duchenne Research Relay 380 - Grab the Baton

Use your pedals to power research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy this summer, by taking on the Duchenne Research 380-mile cycle relay.

Your team can be as big or as small as you like, or you can cycle solo. Choose where you want to cycle, how you want to tackle the miles, and go at your own pace.

And by going the distance between 4 July and World Duchenne Awareness Day on 7 September, you’ll be helping to keep the wheels turning in our ground-breaking research. You’ll be supporting Sam Taylor’s Duchenne Research Relay.

Sam’s son, Will, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a devastating muscle-wasting condition that causes muscles to weaken and waste, leading to increasing disability.

Every mile you cycle and every pound you raise will bring us closer to an effective treatment for this condition, for which there’s currently no cure.

Grab the baton today.


Here’s what you need to do

  • Stage 1: get your place. Once you’ve decided whether to take this on solo or as part of a team, sign up online. Your £15 reg fee includes a Duchenne Research Relay neck buff.
  • Stage 2: get social. Set up your JustGiving page, connect the Strava app so you can track your progress, and join our Facebook group. We can help connect you, if you like. (Oh, and look out for your free snood.)
  • Stage 3: get planning. Decide when and how you’re going to tackle the 380 miles.
  • Stage 4: get on your bike! Sign up today. It costs just £15 to enter, and the benefits are many: you’ll get fit, you’ll get outdoors, you’ll get together with your friends and colleagues, and you’ll get a free snood.

Frequently asked questions

Why is the target 380 Miles?

In August this year, a ‘WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY’ team will attempt to ride between 4 of the main UK Research Centres working on treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. London to Oxford to Liverpool to Newcastle. That’s a distance of 380 miles in 3 days.

What happens once I’ve signed up?

Once you’ve registered online, we’ll be there to support you every pedal of the way; first we’ll help setup your JustGiving fundraising page and link it with the Strava app so that you can tack your miles. We’ll also send you your free MDUK branded cycling snood to wear and encourage you throughout your challenge.

It’s then up to you to get out there and start tackling the 380 miles, share your progress in our dedicated Facebook group and get your friends and family to sponsor you.

What type of bike do I need? / Do I have to do this outdoors?

You can cycle on any type of bike either outdoors or indoors. The distance may be challenging, but how you tackle it is completely flexible around you.

Do I have to do the 380 miles in one go and alone?

You can spread the 380 mile target out, across many days and amongst friends. The aim is to complete your 380 miles in time to mark World Duchenne Awareness Day on the 7 September. If you take on the Duchenne Research Relay as part of a team, we ask that each rider signs up individually.

How much do I need to raise?

It’s a £15 donation to register and every pound you raise will help fund vital research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. But there is no minimum sponsorship target. Just like a relay, everyone plays their part and collectively we are hoping to raise £10,000 from this challenge, to fund research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Is there someone I can speak to someone if I have more questions?

We’re here to help you and make sure you enjoy this challenge. You can contact us by emailing regionaldevelopment@musculardystorphyuk.org or call 0300 012 0172