The Bidwells Town and Gown 10k series is set to become carbon neutral for the first time, organisers Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) announces. The Bidwells Town and Gown will be offsetting all carbon emissions for both mass participation running events including, Oxford on Sunday 14 May and Cambridge on Sunday 15 October, thanks to the help of their title partner Bidwells, the largest property consultancy in the region.
The charity which supports those living with a muscle-wasting condition has already been working towards making the event as sustainable as possible. By aiming to remove plastic usage from the event in areas like water stations and goody bags, as well as partnering with local food banks to ensure leftovers are of use to the local community. MDUK have been partnering with Bidwells to ensure both events have as negligible impact on the environment as possible.
Bidwells Helps Make the Event Carbon Neutral
Both runs will each become carbon neutral after Bidwells agreed to meet the full cost of securing enough carbon credits to offset the full impact of the race on the climate, including the total carbon emissions of an estimated 10,000 runners’ who travel to the Oxford and Cambridge events – plus the operations of the events.
Runners taking part in Oxford Town and Gown 2022
Photo credit MDUK
Alistair Blackmore, Head of Sustainability at Bidwells said: “Taking responsibility for our carbon footprint is an essential part of being a sustainable and socially responsible business. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our commitment to making the Town and Gown 10K a carbon neutral event.”
Call for Runners to Join the Bidwells Oxford Town and Gown
There is still time to sign up to Oxford Town and Gown, the oldest run in the series. It is the only closed-road city centre 10k in Oxford with a glorious stretch along the River Cherwell and finishing in the University Parks. The sister event in Cambridge will take place on Sunday 15 October, with an equally magnificent closed-road city centre route and a section along the River Cam.
Krishan Solanki, Head of Events and Regional Development said: “Thanks to our title partner Bidwells it’s possible to help make the event carbon neutral – it’s another huge milestone for our historical annual race. We are offsetting all associated emissions to ensure the race has the most negligible possible climate impact.
Researcher Going The Distance To Help Fight Muscle-Wasting Conditions
Tom Roberts, 38, from Oxford, will be one of the thousands of people taking part in the historic Bidwells Oxford Town and Gown 10k event.
The medical researcher at the University of Oxford will be taking on the streets of Oxford, all in support of MDUK to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for the charity, which funds research into treatments for rare, life-limiting muscle-wasting conditions and supports the 110,000 children and adults across the UK affected by these conditions.
Tom’s Mission to Raise Awareness of Muscular Dystrophy
Tom, who previously ran the course in 2019 and volunteered at the event last year said: “I’m running the Bidwells Oxford Town and Gown 10k to represent the MDUK Oxford Neuromuscular Centre and raise awareness of the muscle-wasting conditions that the charity supports. As a medical researcher, I have seen firsthand the impact that these conditions can have on individuals and their families. I am proud to be part of an event that supports MDUK’s mission to find treatments and ultimately a cure for these conditions.”
Join Tom in Supporting MDUK
For those interested in joining Tom in supporting MDUK, there is still time to sign up for the Bidwells Oxford Town and Gown 10k. The event is open to runners of all abilities and is expected to draw in thousands of runners from across the country, and with Bidwells’ commitment to making the event carbon neutral, it’s set to be a historic and socially responsible event for all involved.
The Bidwells Town and Gown 10k series is taking a big step towards sustainability and social responsibility with their commitment to becoming carbon neutral. Thanks to the support of their title partner Bidwells, the Oxford and Cambridge events will offset all carbon emissions, making them more environmentally friendly.
The charity partner, Muscular Dystrophy UK, has also been working hard to make the event more sustainable by reducing plastic usage and partnering with local food banks to ensure leftovers are put to good use. This is a significant milestone for the historic annual race, which supports a vital cause.
The event also provides an opportunity for runners of all abilities to get involved and support MDUK’s mission to find treatments and a cure for muscle-wasting conditions. With the event going carbon neutral, participants can be proud to be part of a socially responsible event that supports a good cause.
To learn more about the Bidwells Town and Gown 10k series and sign up for your place today visit www.townandgown10k.