Runners who braved the Surrey Half Marathon on Mother’s Day (March 11) have raised more than £4,500 for a Cobham charity.

Thirty eight people took to the streets to raise money for Harrison’s Fund, which fights Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy- a genetic disorder characterised by progressive muscle degeneration.

DMD is caused by the absence of dystophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact.

Symptoms of the disorder, which mainly affects boys and rarely girls, start to show in early childhood.

The charity was set up by the parents of a child, Harrison, who suffers from the disorder. By the time he is a teenager, Harrison will lose the ability to walk.

Harrison’s Fund’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne- the charity is currently funding 12 research projects in the US and the UK.

Heather Smith, head of fundraising at Harrison’s Fund said: “Well done to all our runners and what a brilliant amount to have raised so far.

“The event had a great vibe and lots of supporters came out on the day - Harrison’s brother, William, even ran in the children’s 5km to show his support for his big brother.

“The Surrey Half Marathon is our flagship running event which we enjoy attending every year.

“Being a part of the event from the year it started means that we've had a strong presence and always have a fantastic turn out of runners.

“We're already recruiting our team for 2019 so please contact if you are keen to join us for this special challenge.”

The charity’s fastest male runner, Dan Williams came in at 1:20:00 which was 55th place out of almost 2,127 runners.

Its fastest female runner was Rachael Huang with a time of 01:34:47, putting her at 34th out of 1,335 women.