Completing your first parkrun is a memorable experience. But Mikey Young made his parkrun debut extra special by turning around and running the course again, and again, and again…
After running Eastbourne parkrun for the first time, he ran the route at Shinewater Park another 99 times over a week for an epic 500km challenge to raise money for Alzheimers Research.
The 39-year-old ran for around 12 hours a day, running the equivalent of up to 15 parkruns a day, and finished with the parkrun the following Saturday.
He raised more than £3,000, smashing his £1,000 target.
Mikey said: “It was an amazing experience. I’ve done other ultra-distance challenges before, but this was the furthest I’ve run over a week.
“I had 237 runners join me through the week – I only ran three laps on my own. Lots of them were parkrunners who’d I’d never met before. I don’t think I could have done it without them.
“The final five or six laps on the Friday were really hard going and getting up for the final run on the Saturday I felt like I was about to run a marathon. I got a brilliant reception from the parkrunners when I crossed the line.
“I’m really chuffed with how much money I raised. I chose to support Alzheimer’s Research UK as I’ve worked as a chef in a care home for the last 11 years and I’ve experienced first-hand what happens to people who have with this awful disease.”
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