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£880.58 of £2,500 target +£165.14 Gift Aid See breakdown

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1 year ago



+ £10.55 Gift Aid

Sorry to hear that you had to pull out because of injury. Still, you should be proud of what you achieved! Hope you make a full rapid recovery

1 year ago

Majid Hafezparast


Well done Greig!

1 year ago



Proud of you!!

1 year ago

Alex Bellad-Ellis


1 year ago

Ruth S


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

1 year ago

Mrs Reilly


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Good Luck.

1 year ago



+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Run Greig run!

1 year ago

Captain Reilly


+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Have fun Greigoire! I look forward to hearing how boring you found it :)

1 year ago



1 year ago

Su Morris


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

All the best for tomorrow - enjoy! :)

Yes, I'm Finally Running the Marathon

Event date: 2nd April 2023

Greig Joilin is raising money for Motor Neurone Disease Association and My Name'5 Doddie Foundation

My story

It's finally here, the time to run this stupidly long distance. Since I first said I wanted to do this all the way back in 2019, there have been a few small things that have stopped me from running, but maybe, just maybe the stars are aligning that I might be able to run the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 2 April 2023.

So I wanted to do a marathon for three reasons:

  • Prove that I can do that excessive amount of physical exercise.
  • Do something as extreme as my best friend Edd doing his swimming marathons.
  • Raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation.

Over the last seven years, I have been investigating new and easier ways in which we can diagnose motor neuron disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (MND/ALS). This has been through seeing whether we can do a simple blood test, do a couple of PCRs (which when I first started running the vast majority of the world never heard of), and see whether there are alterations in certain RNA molecules indicating not only the presence of disease but how it may progress. We have some great candidates that we are now testing on >1,000 samples from people with MND/ALS to see how well they work. If this works, it means that people with and affected with MND/ALS won't have to wait up to a year for a diagnosis and will dramatically improve the chance of successful clinical trials for new drugs, treatments, and hopefully a cure.

Scientific research is expensive, even more so over the last year as the price of all the reagents and equipment have gone up 20% in one year alone, and I am undeservingly quite expensive to employ. Charities, who survive on people donating money, are incredible drivers of medical research in this country, funding over 40% of all medical research in the UK and I have been incredibly lucky that the work that I have been doing has been supported by two charities during my career:

Both of these charities have significant portfolios of research that they are supporting, from understanding how the disease is caused, identifying new potential treatments and cures, and funding clinical trials to see if they work. This is alongside their work they undertake to provide support to people with and affected by MND/ALS and advocating for support from government and business.

It is a privilege to have been funded by the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation as without them, I wouldn't have a job to undertaking this work that may make a difference. The split of 75% Motor Neurone Disease Association: 25% My Name'5 Doddie Foundation reflects the six and two years respectively that each charity has supported me for.

I hope that you will support me by supporting them and donating what you can.
Thank you.

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My updates

1 year ago

Run #95: Brighton Marathon - Incomplete.

28.5km distance
3:20:38 time
6:30min/km speed

1 year ago

Run #94: F***, knee seized turning a corner trying to stop to avoid six people walking towards me across the bloody pavement. Less than ideal two weeks out.

16.6km distance
1:52:34 time
6:02min/km speed
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1 year ago

Run #92: Hill climb, ankle fine, final push, let's go.

7588m distance
0:46:13 time
6:03min/km speed
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1 year ago

Run #91: The Brighton Half Marathon - 2:06:51

21.2km distance
2:06:49 time
5:58min/km speed
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My 2 charities

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Charity number: 294354

My Name'5 Doddie Foundation

Charity number: SC047871

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