News - 19th May 2017

Show dementia the power of parkrunners


We are thrilled to be able to unveil to you all Running Down Dementia (RDD) 2017! The new website has landed and we can’t wait for all parkrunners to see its new look.


We are thrilled to be able to unveil to you all Running Down Dementia (RDD) 2017! The new website has landed and we can’t wait for all our parkrunners to see its new look.


For those of you who are new to Running Down Dementia, the campaign by Alzheimer’s Research UK encourages people to run 100k over summer and raise £100. Just like parkrun, the campaign is open to everyone of all ages and fitness levels. There’s no right or wrong way to complete your 100k, you can run, jog, walk, or hop and skip the distance! And for those who took part last year and can’t wait to get going again – welcome back.


It’s really easy to sign up – just click on the link here and click sign up.


Still unsure? Check out this video to find out more from one of RDD’s biggest advocates, Caroline Savage, on how RDD changed her life for the better.


On the same page you’ll find more videos from a few of our other 2016 fundraisers talking about how they found the experience and why dementia research means so much to them.


Last year Running Down Dementia raised £220,000 with almost 4,000 runners hitting the streets, their local parks and clocking up their kilometres at parkruns every week.


In less than a week since launching, RDD already has just under 300 runners clocking up their kilometres, raising more than £4,275. Topping the fundraising leaderboard currently is celebrity entertainer Russell Grant who has raised over £450.


Think you can give our celebrity fundraisers a run for their money? Sign up now to show them how powerful parkrunners really are!

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