We’d like to say a massive thank you to all the parkrunners who took part in our inaugural Cycling Down Dementia challenge as cyclists raised almost £80,000 for pioneering research and clocked up more than a quarter of a million miles.
A total of 495 cyclists took part in the challenge which asked participants to ride either 300 miles (Pioneer) or 1,000 miles (Epic) from the beginning of November to the end of January and raise £150 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity. They rode 274,000 miles – more than 11 times the circumference of the Earth!
Among the participants was parkrunner Julianne Ferguson who completed the Pioneer challenge and raised £385.
Julianne, who attends the Jersey parkrun along with her husband David and 10-year-old daughter Olivia, was inspired to sign up for the challenge as her mum has vascular dementia.
She completed the challenge with regular 15-20-mile rides around the beautiful cycle routes on the Channel Island and even filmed one of her rides which you can view here.
The 51-year-old said: “After my dad passed away two years ago, my mum’s symptoms came on very fast.
“My mum has periods of lucidity where she’s fine, but on other days she can be really helpless and rings me three times a day because of a tiny thing she’s not able to do.
“It’s very sad. It’s horrible to see someone who was vibrant and capable suddenly relying on everybody else to do things for her.
“I loved doing Cycling Down Dementia as it gave me a real purpose, getting out to get the miles done. I joined the supporters’ page on Facebook and that was brilliant, being able to post details of my rides and receiving lovely words of support from people all over the country.”
If you’d like to be among the first to hear when Cycling Down Dementia launches again you can pre-register here.
In the meantime, plans are well underway for the launch of the third edition of Running Down Dementia, where we challenge you to run 100k and raised £100. You can pre-register here.
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