News - 1st April 2019

Running Down Dementia is back and it’s bigger than ever!

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Fancy being a pioneer? Do you want an epic challenge? Or do you see yourself as a bit of a maverick? Whatever works for you, here’s a chance to be part of something brilliant.


The clocks have gone back and spring has sprung – which means it’s time for Running Down Dementia. And this year it’s bigger than ever!


You can join thousands of parkrunners around the country coming together to raise funds for life-changing breakthroughs for people with dementia.


This year there are three challenges to choose from:

  • Be a PIONEER. Run 100km by August 31 and raise £100.
  • Go EPIC. Push yourself further. Run 300km and raise £100+.
  • More of a MAVERICK? Choose your distance and set your fundraising target.


Whichever challenge you choose, every step will bring you closer to your target and help us meet ours – to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment.


Just like parkrun, Running Down Dementia is open to everyone of all ages and abilities. There’s no right or wrong way to complete your distance, you can split the challenge up to suit you and can clock up the kilometres at parkrun, on the street, or at the gym. You can even walk it if you prefer! Just complete the challenge before 31 August.


If you sign up now, Saturday’s parkrun can be the first 5km towards your target.


Select your local parkrun when you sign up and you’ll be automatically included in your parkrun’s team. And if you’re feeling competitive (yes, we know it’s a run not a race!) you can view the leaderboards to see how you and your local parkrun measure up.


If you raise £200 you can claim a FREE Running Down Dementia parkrun-branded T-shirt.


Sign up today at and use #RunningDownDementia to shout loud and proud about your efforts on social media.

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