‘It’s imperative, desideratum and hopefully rewarding’: Disabled man’s marathon mile

Martin Hywood and his wife Michelle
Martin Hywood and his wife Michelle

Walking a mile might not seem much of an ordeal, but for Martin Hywood it will be like running a marathon.

The 39-year-old father from Aylesbury has the rare muscle-wasting condition limb girdle muscular dystrophy, which causes weakness in the hips, thigh and shoulder muscles.

Relentless pain in his legs, lower back, shoulders and neck when standing without help brings him close to tears, but he has decided to overcome this and take part in a ‘Move a Mile for Muscles’ fundraising event.

At the end of August he will do the mile-long walk, starting at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, with his wife Michelle and anyone else who wants to take part.

Mr Hywood is hoping to raise £1,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

He said: “This may not sound like a big deal but a mile with no muscles in your legs is going to be something.

“Move a Mile for Muscles is a vehicle for me to help others.

“This is my challenge, it’s not the biggest thing in the world.

“To some it may seem insignificant, but to me it’s imperative, desideratum and hopefully rewarding.”

Mr Hywood, who is married with three daughters, was diagnosed with the condition aged 23. It also affects his older brother.

As well as raising awareness, money donated as part of the event will go towards research and support for families affected by muscle-wasting conditions.

The event is open to people of all ages and abilities and they can choose to walk, run, wheel, ride, swim, roller-skate or cycle the mile.

Laura Watts, volunteer fundraising manager at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign said: “Whether it is being sponsored to take your dogs for a mile run from your powered wheelchair or running a mile for the first time, you will be helping us to change the lives of people living with muscular dystrophy.”

To sponsor Mr Hywood and find out more about his story, log onto his Justgiving site

For more information on the event and how you can get involved go to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign website