News - 11th April 2018

Lace up, raise £100, defeat dementia


Have you signed up for Running Down Dementia yet? Hundreds of you are already striking a blow against dementia by challenging yourself to run 100k before August 31 and raise £100 for pioneering research.


If you need some extra inspiration, check out parkrunner Cheryl Herrieven’s story. We filmed the mum-of-two at Catton parkrun in Norwich.


Cheryl got into running and became a parkrunner thanks to Running Down Dementia.


She’s taken on the challenge for the last two years and has raised more than £2,000. Cheryl is just one of thousands of amazing runners who will help us make huge strides towards defeating dementia.


She was inspired to support Alzheimer’s Research UK as her mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease aged 64.


In 2016 she completed her final RDD kilometres at a parkrun on her 40th birthday with her mum at the finish line cheering her home. Last year, Cheryl, who also runs at the Brundall parkrun, upped her challenge, completing 300k. She also achieved her aims of completing a 10k event and doing a sub-30-minute 5k.


If you need a goal this summer or want a fun way to keep fit like Cheryl sign up to Running Down Dementia today!


You can watch videos about all our RDD Heroes here.


Last Saturday Alzheimer’s Research UK staff and volunteers had a great time visiting parkruns up and down the country and talking to you about Running Down Dementia. We’re looking forward to visiting many more over the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled for us and come and say hello.


To sign up for Running Down Dementia go to and spread the word on social media using #RunningDownDementia.

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