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News - 30th September 2019

Hikers help us make steps towards a cure

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They came, they explored, they conquered…and they helped make breakthroughs possible!

 

Our inaugural ARUK Explorer event was a huge success, with 145 intrepid people taking on the 26-mile hike in the beautiful Peak District National Park.

 

Together they walked a total of 3,770 miles ­– that’s the equivalent of walking from London to Washington D.C. or 1,213 parkruns!

 

The fastest hiker completed the course in six hours and 50 minutes.

 

The walkers were supported by 28 volunteers who helped marshal the route and keep the walkers fuelled with snacks along the way.

 

Most important, the event has raised tens of thousands of pounds for pioneering dementia research, with donations still coming in.

 

Among the trekkers was Jenny Rayner, from York, who was raising money in honour of her dad, Martin, who died from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease aged 55.

 

She said: “It was an amazing day. I want to say a massive thanks to all the volunteers and support staff. They are truly deserving of a gold star!

 

“Their organisation was second to none, they were friendly, fun and extremely helpful. They had thought of everything, like flip flops at the end for releasing the weary feet.”

 

We’re already starting to make plans for next year’s event. To be among the first to be in the know when the event is confirmed, register your interest here.

 

And if you’re feeling really adventurous, check out the other treks you could take on for Alzheimer’s Research UK, including the Himalayas and Kilimanjaro.

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