Top NHS Consultant Takes on a Gruelling Challenge for NRAS

24 April 2014

When asked why he is supporting NASS and NRAS, Chris said,

“Inflammatory arthritis does not get the publicity it deserves. My aim is to raise it up the NHS agenda and improve access to the resources that are needed to provide high quality multidisciplinary services. This is my chance to increase the profile of the disease and raise some money for two excellent organisations like NASS and NRAS, who do fantastic work in supporting patients and raising awareness of these conditions. My fundraising efforts show how passionately I care about these issues and how I am willing to punish my own body mercilessly for two great causes!”

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 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

 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”. To support Chris visit

 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 to

 AS is a painful, progressive form of inflammatory arthritis that affects young people. The spine is most commonly affected but other joints, tendons and ligaments can also be affected. Symptoms usually start in late teens and early 20s and it can currently take 7-10 years to get an accurate diagnosis. There is no cure for AS but symptoms can be managed with medication and appropriate exercise. Left untreated, AS can become chronic, disabling and will cause irreversible spinal damage.

 Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the joint tissue causing inflammation, stiffness, pain and extreme fatigue. Like AS, RA also has no cure and if left untreated, the joint can lose its shape and alignment and lead to permanent disability. RA can affect people of any age.  Around three quarters of people with RA are first diagnosed when of working age and women are three times as likely as men to have the disease.




Daniela Boyd-Waters                                                                                                                

Media and Communications Officer                                               

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Joe Murray       

Membership & Fundraising Officer  

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society


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