Fancy a parkrun challenge with a difference? Paul Clarke’s inspirational story will have you packing your apricot t-shirt and heading off on your own parkrun tour.
Paul completed Running Down Dementia in 2016 and ran the Belfast City Marathon last year, raising money for dementia research in memory of his dad. But this year he decided he wanted to go even further. And as well as running further, he’ll also be travelling further as he takes on his own special parkrun tourism challenge.
The 47-year- old, who is a regular at the Falls parkrun in Belfast, is aiming to complete all 26 parkruns in Northern Ireland. He started the challenge last month and has so far ticked off Ballymena, Bangor, Portrush, Carrickfergus and Enniskillen. He’ll be running at a different parkrun every Saturday, with just one week’s break for a holiday, and is aiming to finish at his home parkrun on 13 October 18.
The parkrun 100-clubber said: “I thought it would be good to do something different this year and go out of the comfort zone of my home parkrun.
“It’s great to go to parkruns that I haven’t run at before as they are all different.
“Alzheimer’s Research UK is a charity that is very close to my heart, as my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009 and passed away in 2011.
“A lot of people think dementia is just older people losing their memory, but my dad wasn’t an old man, he was only 69 when he died.
“When my mum died in 2010 my wife and I moved into the family home to look after my dad and he died six months later.
“It was a very tough time and now I want support research so other people won’t have to go through the same thing.”
To sponsor Paul go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-Clarke66
Why not take on your own running challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK? Join the hundreds of parkrunners who are striking a blow against dementia by taking on Running Down Dementia where we challenge you to run 100km and raise £100. To sign up go to www.runningdowndementia.org
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