News - 8th October 2019

Orange is the colour for the London Marathon


Has all your finger crossing paid off?


From this week if you’ve been successful in the Virgin Money London Marathon ballot you will receive confirmation that you’ve got a place in the world-famous race for next year.


If you’re successful, we’d love you to join #TeamARUK and run the 26.2 miles in support of parkrun’s official charity partner.


We were lucky enough to be a joint partner of the event this year for the Dementia Revolution campaign. And we are committed to doing all we can to keep dementia in the spotlight.


Among the runners preparing to take on the marathon for us is Jordan Adams, who starred in the Channel 4 series The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes.


Jordan was just 15 when his mum Geraldine was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in 2010, a form of dementia which often affects a person’s personality and behaviour as well as speech. She died in 2016 aged just 53.


Geraldine’s dementia was caused by a rare faulty gene which Jordan has inherited meaning he will also develop FTD in around 20 years.


Jordan has a positive mindset around finding out last year that he has the gene and has describes it as a ‘license to live’. Running the London Marathon is part of his mission to do all he can to raise awareness of dementia and support pioneering research.


The 24-year-old said: “The only way to describe my mum’s dementia to anyone who doesn’t understand it, is to imagine being steadily stripped of everything that makes you a human being – from a sense of humour to your dignity, from speech to other key motor skills.


“As her dementia developed, she would sleep for 20-plus hours a day before finally being bed-bound for the entirety of her existence and reliant on 24-hour care.


“I’m hopeful that in the future through the power of research there will be new treatments available, so I won’t have the same experience as my mum. But I am also determined to support dementia research to make a difference for future generations.”


Join Jordan in fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK at next year’s London Marathon and in return for your generous support we will strive to make your marathon experience something you will treasure forever.


As part of #TeamARUK you will receive:

  • Tailored training advice from Commonwealth medal-winner Liz Yelling and Marathon Talk’s Martin Yelling.
  • Pre-marathon meet-ups and training days.
  • The opportunity to join our London Marathon Facebook group where our runners encourage each other and share training and fundraising tips.
  • A wealth of fundraising materials and unlimited advice from the Sporting Events team.
  • An orange running top, which will really help you stand out on race day.
  • The loudest, most orange support along the race route from our cheer squad.
  • A post-event celebration for you and your family where you can put your feet up, grab a massage, a glass of bubbly and a meal.


To sign up to use your ballot place to run for Alzheimer’s Research UK, click here.


If you didn’t receive a London Marathon ballot place, there’s still time to apply for one of our charity places.

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