Ryan inspires trail runs business boost for Muscular Dystrophy UK

Ryan Padgett (22), from Barrowford, suffers with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. (S)
Ryan Padgett (22), from Barrowford, suffers with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. (S)

The uncle of a Barrowford man who suffers with a muscle wasting disease has launched a new business hot on the heels of a latest fitness trend and with a charitable aim.

Ryan Padgett (22) suffers with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and his uncle David Bateson and wife Belinda, from Oswestry, have started a trail running business where a percentage of the profits will go to Muscular Dystrophy UK.

uphilldowndale.com is putting on trail running events this summer at a variety of picturesque country estate venues across North Wales, all with Ryan in mind.

Ryan lives with his mum Sue, and his five siblings. Sue said: “As a baby, Ryan was very cute with blue eyes and blond hair. I’ll never forget the day when Ryan was six years old, that he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

“There was a period of time after that where we just didn’t know what to do, or where to turn.

“Our friends and family have been really supportive over the years. My partner and my mum are now Ryan’s full time carers.

“David, and Ryan, have always been very close. Ryan and I are really proud of David, for organising the Up Hill Down Dale fund-raising events. He is always thinking about others before himself.

“I am so glad that the money raised from the events will help fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which will hopefully help children who are diagnosed with this condition in the future.”