We are delighted to share the news that we have secured a headline partner for our historic Town and Gown 10k series. Bidwells, a leading property consultant, have committed to a three-year deal to support the event in order for more funds to be raised to support our work.
Krishan Solanki, Head of Events and Regional Development said:
Bidwells has been active in the region for more than 180 years and are strongly associated with both Oxford and Cambridge, so they are a great fit for this partnership. A huge thank you to them for pledging to support both the races and people living with muscular dystrophy. We’re looking forward to working with them over the coming years and are excited to see what we can achieve together.
Bidwells have been attending MDUK events, including our Microscope Ball, for a number of years and were inspired to partner with us after hearing from Martin Hywood, our New Corporate Business Officer, about how his Limb Girdle muscular dystrophy effects him each day.
Senior Partner at Bidwells, Nick Pettit, said: “We’ve committed to a long-term partnership with MDUK because we were blown away by the brilliant work the charity does. With our head office in Cambridge and a rapidly growing business in Oxford, the well-established Town & Gown runs in both cities and are a perfect way for us to support MDUK and the communities we live and work in.
We’re absolutely committed to making the Bidwells Town & Gown runs the best they can be, so we’ll be devoting the time, energy and resources to this partnership in order to make a real difference to the work of MDUK.
The Bidwells Oxford Town and Gown 10k will take place on Sunday 14 May 2023 and will see runners take on the beautiful route through the city’s historic centre before finishing in the stunning University Parks. The event is popular with local fun runners, club runners and students alike as it is the only closed-road 10k in the city.
The Oxford Town and Gown is now in its 42nd year having been started in 1982 by local runners as a fun way to raise funds for muscular dystrophy. Collectively, the Bidwells Town and Gown series has raised more than £2million and every 10k makes a difference, so please join in – run the race to beat muscle-wasting conditions.
The event moves to its Cambridge site on Sunday 15 October for an equally magnificent closed-road city centre route, finishing with a stretch along the beautiful River Cam.
Read more about this year’s Bidwells Oxford Town and Gown here.