Dr Chris Deighton, the outgoing President of the British Society for Rheumatology, will be walking the 100k from London to Brighton on 24 and 25 May to raise money for the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) and then competing in the "World's greatest half marathon," the Great North Run on 7 September for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS).
Dr Chris Deighton
If you are under the age of 40 and have had back pain for 3 months or more it could be inflammatory and you should see your GP.
For more information about Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) please go to www.nass.co.uk.
If you have been experiencing early morning joint stiffness lasting for more than 30 minutes, persistent swelling of the joints or pain when squeezing your joints this could be inflammatory arthritis and you should also see your GP.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis and more information can be found at www.nras.org.uk.
NASS Chief Executive Debbie Cook said, "We are so grateful to have such wonderful, dedicated and high profile supporters like Chris who are ready to take on the challenge of a life time for us".
NRAS Fundraising Manager Oliver Hoare said, "We are delighted to once again have Chris as part of Team NRAS at this year's Great North Run, this being his fourth time running the iconic race.
Without the support of people like Chris
we simple would not be able to provide as complete and reliable a service as we do, which so many people with RA rely on.
To sponsor Chris
please go tohttp://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Deighton6"