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About the RUNNERS Network

The Runners Network offers help and support to all runners raising funds for Spinal Research, from novice to experienced and even those running purely for fun! More runners join every year and we’d love to have you onboard.

The Spinal Research Runners Network was set up by Janet & Mike Robson in 1993, after their daughter was paralysed by a spinal cord injury. 

Janet & Mike have run the Network with great passion and success and since being founded, it has raised over £1 million for Spinal Research in the fight against paralysis. 

Now that Mike and Janet have retired, the Network is looked after in-house at the Spinal Research head office. However, the Robsons are still firm supporters of the charity and continue to help us raise funds to research into spinal cord injury.

To join the Runners Network and receive the Runners Network newsletters, simply fill in the form on the home page. If you want to take part in an event for us please email Jo Brewer - 

About Spinal Research

Spinal Research is a UK based charity dedicated to funding research into the repair of damaged spinal cords and the restoration of sensation and movement in those paralysed by spinal cord injury. Around 40,000 people in the UK suffer paralysis as a result of a spinal cord injury, however, there has been revolutionary progress and thanks to recent successes, by 2005 clinical trials to restore sensation and movement could be taking place. 

To find out more about the Spinal Research and the projects that the charity funds, either click this link or type it into your internet search bar: 

We’re Here To Support You…

The Runners Network provides fundraising and training support for every runner taking part in an event on behalf of Spinal Research. Each year, some of our new members join the Network because someone close to them has been injured and is now paralysed, or has had a near miss. 

Janet and Mike both understand the grief and trauma that comes with watching a close relative become paralysed. Their own daughter suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 16 in a car accident and they are aware of how such an injury can affect the injured person, as well as those around them. 

Fundraising for medical research and the hope of a cure can be a very positive way to feel as though you are doing something to help. However, for some, talking is the best therapy. If you are going through a similar experience and need a word of comfort or encouragement, or would like to be put in touch with someone in the same position, please don’t hesitate to contact Janet for some free and friendly emotional support…

Janet Robson -Spinal Research Voluntary Representative
Email -
Telephone - 0118 969 2253

International Spinal Research Trust
Registered Charity number 281325