News - 4th September 2018

Running Down Dementia hits top gear

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We want to say a massive THANK YOU to the parkrun community for helping make this year’s Running Down Dementia our best yet.

 

You’ve helped raise an incredible £335,000, with more donations still coming in. That’s an increase of a third on last year!

 

The vital funds will power pioneering dementia research projects helping to shape our understanding of the condition and open the door to new treatments.

 

You’ve clocked up an astronomical 450,000km – that’s more than the circumference of Jupiter!

 

The top parkrun team for fundraising was Princes parkrun, in Liverpool, which raised a huge £3,919!

 

Huntingdon parkrun smashed it at the top of the distance leaderboard, clocking up 11,726 km ­– that’s further than the distance from the Cambridgeshire town to Buenos Aires in Argentina (11,182km)!

 

Some of this year’s top fundraisers were given a special treat on Saturday when they attended a track day at Silverstone with Bentley Motorsport. They got to run a 5km lap of the track and enjoy a thrilling ride in a Bentley car driven by a professional driver.

 

It was a great reward for their fundraising efforts and was kindly organised by Brueton parkrunner Nick Burns, who is Head of Motorsport at Bentley Motors and was among the participants in this year’s Running Down Dementia.

 

If you haven’t done it already, please share how much you’ve raised on the Running Down Dementia Facebook group. Why not also post your favourite running selfie along with your final fundraising amount?

 

If you’ve loved taking part in Running Down Dementia and want to do more to support dementia research or if you didn’t take part this year but would like to get in involved, why not apply for a place in a sporting event for Alzheimer’s Research UK? For more information click here.

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