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Where’s your parkrun on the Running Down Dementia leaderboards?

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Question: Who’s gone up Mount Everest 15,000 times, around the world three times and completed more than 3,000 marathons?

 

Answer: All of you taking on Running Down Dementia!

 

We’re nearly halfway through the campaign and you’ve already clocked up more than 140,000 kilometres. The distance to the top of Everest is ‘only’ 8,850m, while the circumference of the Earth is ‘merely’ 40,075km.

 

More importantly, you’ve raised more than £165,000, which will make a huge difference in the fightback against dementia.

 

The competition is also hotting up on the leaderboards, although we have some ‘runaway’ leaders among the parkrun teams.

 

Princes parkrun in Liverpool lead the way for fundraising, having raised more than £2,500.

 

They are also second on the leaderboard for distance run, having chalked up around 1,800km. But they’ve got a long way to go if they are going to catch Huntingdon, who’ve gone more than two thousand kilometres further.

 

They’ve run further than the distance from their Cambridgeshire town to Cairo in Egypt! That’s a Pharaoh way!

 

If you haven’t yet joined the campaign, where we challenge you to run or walk 100km before the end of August and raise £100 for pioneering dementia research, there’s still plenty of time to sign up. Go to www.runningdowndementia.org

 

 

But don’t just take our word from it, take inspiration from Ian Elliott, from Edinburgh, who is top of the individual leaderboard for amount raised. Ian, who has so far raised around £1,700, took up the challenge in honour of his mum, who has Alzheimer’s disease.

 

He said: “I’m amazed by how much I’ve raised – my target was originally £100! I’m delighted that people have been so generous.

 

“I love that the challenge allows you to do the running throughout the summer rather than in one big event where it’s all in one day.

 

“I’d encourage other people to take up the challenge. It’s such a good idea as it’s so achievable. It seems like a big target, but when you break it down anyone can do it.”

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