News - 18th December 2019

Give It Your Best this Saturday

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Wouldn’t it be great to set a personal best time at the final parkrun before Christmas? It would be like an early Christmas present to yourself!


You can also give a special gift this Christmas by helping Alzheimer’s Research UK make breakthroughs possible for people with dementia by taking part in Give It Your Best, our exclusive campaign for parkrunners.


When you take part in parkrun this weekend, parkrun will send you an email informing you of your best ever time. Whether it’s from this Saturday’s run, earlier this month, earlier this year or a long while ago, you can be proud of your efforts.


You’ll also have the opportunity to turn your minutes and seconds into pounds and pence for a donation to the official charity partner of parkrun UK.


To donate all you have to do is click on the link in the email or visit


You’ll have the option to donate your best time, halve or double your donation or choose your own amount.


Shepton Mallett parkrunners Tracey and Paul Seymour are supporting this year’s campaign.


Paul, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease five years ago at the age of just 54, ran his first parkrun earlier this year, completing the course in 36 minutes. Since then he’s been setting a new personal best almost every time he runs and has now got under the 30-minute mark.


Tracey said: “It’s been so hard seeing the man I’ve been married to for 37 years gradually decline. But getting involved in parkrun has been a bright spot for us. It helps Paul maintain some independence and he’s made new friends.


“It makes me proud to know the parkrun community is doing so much to support dementia research and help raise awareness.


“If we all give our best times to Alzheimer’s Research UK this year, we’ll push them even closer to the next breakthrough. If there was a treatment that could give me more time with Paul, even giving me back half the man I’ve lost, it would be fantastic.”

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