This weekend we’ll be heading to dozens of parkruns around the country to talk to you about Running Down Dementia.
Thousands of you are already taking on the challenge to run 100k (Pioneer), 300k (Epic) or your own choice of distance (Maverick) by August 31 and raise £100 or more for dementia research.
You’ve recently hit a big landmark, passing 200,000k – that’s the equivalent of five times around the world! And you’ve raised over £130,000.
If you haven’t signed up yet there’s still plenty of time to join in. Sign up here.
If you spot one of our volunteers on Saturday – they’ll be wearing Running Down Dementia T-shirts and handing out leaflets – do say hello and ask them about the challenge.
Among our volunteers will be Melanie Barton who will be attending Letchworth parkrun.
She was the top fundraiser for last year’s challenge, raising an incredible £2,845 in honour of her dad who is living with dementia.
Having run 100km last summer, this year she’s become #MeltheMaverick and is aiming to complete more than triple that distance. She’s chosen a target of 334.4km – the distance between where her dad lives in Hertfordshire and where he was born in County Durham.
She said: “Before signing up for Running Down Dementia last year, I hated running, especially in the heat; but I was determined to take on the challenge in honour of my Dad, who has Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. As I clocked up the kilometres, I found I enjoyed it more and more and was inspired to keep going and reach my target.
“I was so chuffed when I reached 100k. I was delighted with how much money I raised and was totally overwhelmed by everyone’s support and generosity.
“I’m pushing myself to go even further this year. Some days can be a struggle, but every kilometre gets me closer to my target.
“It’s great to be supporting the amazing work done by Alzheimer’s Research UK. If there’s a chance that I can help make sure other people don’t have to go through what my family has been going through, I’ll do anything I can – this is for you, Dad!”
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