A group of parkrunners have smashed a goal to run 11 parkruns in just one day! The group of five – Scott Clarke, Paul Bliss, Chris Poole, Dave Llewellyn and Steve Grout – describe themselves as ‘mad keen parkrunners’ and came together through a shared love of parkrun touring.
Between them the group, who are based in Hertfordshire, have completed more than 350 parkruns and most weeks they meet to explore a new event. The team have so far raised an impressive £1,358 for Alzheimer’s Research UK through their challenge, which they completed on 1 July.
Scott said: “We wanted to challenge ourselves and, following a recent celebration of parkrun in Hertfordshire, came up with the idea of running all 11 5k parkruns in the county on one Saturday – one at 9am and ten freedom runs, finishing with the junior parkrun at Beehive where we are part of the core team.
“We started at Gadebridge at 7:30am and then drove to Tring for a 9am start. We then made our way to Rickmansworth, South Oxhey, Cassiobury, Aldenham, Barclay, Panshanger, Stevenage, Ellenbrook Fields and St Albans, before finishing at Beehive juniors in Welwyn Garden City. We managed to finish before dark for a celebration, but of course we were all knackered after running 57k in one day!
“As well as having fun, challenging ourselves physically and doing our favourite thing 11 times in one day, we would like to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK as it’s a cause close to so many of us. We hope we can make a difference to the charity’s pioneering work.
“We would like to say thank you so much for everyone’s incredible support financially and to the students, parents and friends who ran, cycled and supported us throughout the day. You guys made it fun and that’s what it is all about when it comes to running. Thank you.”
You can donate to the team at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hertstourism17
If you’d like to take on your own running challenge, why not sign up to Running Down Dementia? Just visit www.runningdowndementia.org to sign up.
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