In early August we told you about Paul Muldoon and John Halliwell who were planning to run all the parkrun courses in the north west in as short a time as possible to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Well…they did it!
The dynamic duo from Stockport ran 50 parkruns over seven days and raised £2,300, more than double their target of £1,000. John’s total running time was 24 hours and 27 minutes, while Paul, who suffered an Achilles injury during the challenge, ran for 26 hours and 56 minutes.
The inspiration for the challenge was Paul’s grandfather, Edward Anderson, who died in December after a battle with vascular dementia.
Paul, a founder and former director of the Wythenshawe parkrun, said: “It was tougher than we thought it would be.
“The driving caught us out a bit. It was hard getting in the car after a run. With a foot on the accelerator, locked in position, your leg would start cramping up.
“It was also mentally draining, concentrating on driving and then arriving for the next run and having to work out the course.”
Paul and John were spurred on by parkrunners who turned up to run with them and guide them around the courses at around half of the runs.
Paul said: “A lot of the runs were during the working day, so we weren’t expecting people to turn up, but when people did turn up it was a godsend. At Pendle they brought cups of tea which was really nice.”
Aside from their local parkrun at Wythenshawe, where the biggest crowd turned out, Paul and John both highlighted Watergrove as one of their favourite runs because of the views. They also particularly enjoyed the Delamere and Preston courses.
Paul said: “We expected Watergrove to be one of the toughest, but it actually turned out to be really nice. We had a nice crowd with us and the views were top as it was a really clear day.”
If you’d like to boost the fundraising total further, go to Paul’s fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/luckylegsruns
Why not take on your own running challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK? There’s still time to sign up for Running Down Dementia, where we challenge people to run (or walk) 100km and raise £100. Go to www.runningdowndementia.org.
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