A former event director is attempting to tackle all the parkrun courses in the north west in as short a time as possible to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Paul Muldoon, a founder and former director of the Wythenshawe parkrun, will take on 50 5km runs over six days, starting in Carlisle at 7am on Monday (August 14) and finishing at Wilmslow at 2.30pm on Saturday 19 August.
Paul, who will be joined by his friend John Halliwell, is raising vital funds for dementia research in memory of his grandfather, Edward Anderson, who died in December after a battle with vascular dementia.
Paul, from Stockport, is an experienced runner having completed 20 marathons, including a fundraising challenge to run 12 marathons in 12 months, as well as taking on ultramarathons. But he said this will be his toughest running challenge, with the pair running up to 50k a day, for a total of 250k, as well as clocking up hundreds of kilometres on the road travelling between venues.
Paul said: “I’ve been doing similar training to running a marathon, getting a lot of miles under my belt. But this is a lot more than I’ve ever run in a week before, so it’s a big challenge.
“There’s also the logistical challenge, getting the information about all the courses and then travelling to them all. All the courses are individual and have their own nuances, with places where you can get lost.
“We’d love people to come and run the courses with us.”
To sponsor Paul, who has set a target of £1,000 but hopes to raise significantly more, go to his Virgin Money Giving Page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/luckylegsruns
Paul and John’s itinerary is as follows:
August 14: 7am Carlisle, 8.19am Penrith, 9.30am Keswick, 10.50am Workington, 12.50pm Millom, 2.21pm Barrow, 3.40pm Fell Foot, 5.10pm Lancaster, 6.40pm Lytham Hall, 7.30pm Blackpool.
August 15: 9am Preston, 10am Cuerden Valley, 11am Witton, 12.30pm Burnley, 1.30pm Pendle, 3pm Watergrove, 4.10pm Chadderton, 5.30pm Heaton Park.
August 16: 8am Pennington Flash, 9.20am Haigh Woodland, 10.50am Ormskirk, 12pm Southport, 1.20pm Crosby, 2.35pm Princes, 3.50pm Birkenhead, 5.05pm Ellesmere Port, 6.10pm Chester, 7.30pm Delamere.
August 17: 8am Warrington, 9.15am St Helens, 10.25am Croxteth Hall, 11.30am Knowsley, 12.35pm Widnes, 1.40pm Phoenix, 3.10pm Congleton, 4.55pm Lyme, 6.25pm Marple.
August 18: 10am Woodbank, 11.10am Hyde, 12.10pm Stamford Park, 1.15pm Oldham, 2.40pm Bolton, 3.50pm Worsley Woods, 5.20pm Stretford.
August 19: 9am Wythenshawe, 10.20am South Manchester, 11.25am Burnage, 12.25am Cheadle Hulme, 1.25pm Bramhall, 2.30pm Wilmslow.
If you want to take on your own running challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK, why not sign up to Running Down Dementia? Go to www.runningdowndementia.org.
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