Jules and Steve Owen, racing for MRSA Action UK
Monday, 9 January 2012
Julia (aka Jules) and Steve Owen ran throughout 2011 in memory of Donald Owen, Steve's dad, who sadly passed away after contracting MRSA following a knee operation. Their phenomenal efforts are recognised everywhere they go raising awareness of MRSA and we are privileged to have them doing this to raise funds for MRSA Action UK. They clocked up their eleventh race on the 11th December 2011 in the Bedford Half Marathon.
We met Jules and Steve for the first time in July 2011 and cheered them on in Lancashire in November for one of their half marathons. 2012 will be just as busy for them both, especially with Jules’ volunteering role in the 2012 Olympics. Jules will fulfil her dream of being involved as an Olympics GamesMaker at the Hilton in Park Lane, and will be an Accreditation and Chaperone GamesMaker at both the Paralympics and the Olympics, in July and August.
If they are running at a venue near you during 2012 and you get the opportunity to cheer them on we are sure they would love to see you. If you can't make it then leave a message on their Just Giving page.
Their 2012 Schedule is a busy one:
January's run is The Canterbury 10 Miler (11:00am Sunday 29th January)
February's is The Hotel Olympia 10k, Docklands
March will be the Bath Half again
April is the Brighton Marathon
May to be confirmed
June will be the Southend Half Marathon
July is the Great British 10k
July and August Jules' Olympics Games Maker Volunteering Venture – and training as well
In the ballot for the Great North Run in September
October is the Great South Run
To follow our champions’ progress visit their webpage at MRSA Action UK’s website.
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The Department of Health's (DoH) attempts to combat hospital 'super bugs' have achieved mixed results.
The battle against MRSA is showing signs of success, with cases down by a third compared to last year.
Health minister Andy Burnham has insisted the government can still meet its target to cut rates of hospital superbug MRSA, after a leaked memo shows the NHS is set to miss it.
Patients are unable to make a meaningful choice about which hospital they prefer without full information about infection rates, a health expert has said.
The government's focus on MRSA is contributing to rising numbers of other healthcare-associated infections, it has been claimed.
The health secretary has welcomed the latest figures on 'superbug' infections, describing them as "encouraging".
The government has today hit back at the Conservatives' new health reform plans, saying their pledge to scrap NHS targets would result in an increase in MRSA.
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has said if the airline industry had the track record of the NHS on hospital infection it would have been "grounded years ago".
The health secretary has ordered all hospitals to complete anti-superbug 'deep cleans' by March 2008.
David Cameron has defended Conservative proposals to financially penalise hospitals where patients catch 'superbugs'.