News - 7th September 2020

parkrunners raise vital funds for scientists

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Now more than ever, dementia researchers need your help to continue working towards a breakthrough and as a community you rallied together to make this happen.


In the midst of the pandemic both new and veteran runners have taken to the streets to stay fit this summer while raising money for dementia research.


Almost 3,000 people signed up to Running Down Dementia, many of those were parkrunners looking for a summer challenge. More than £350,000 has been raised so far with donations still coming in.


These vital funds are so important to keep dementia research moving forward at a time when medical research has been impacted by the effects of the pandemic.


Following previous years’ success, runners had three challenges to choose from – 100km (Pioneer), 300km (Epic) or your own choice of distance (Maverick). This resulted in participants clocking up more than 494,000 kilometres, which is incredible!


Participants also had the chance to take part in The Treble Challenge for the first time this year which involved completing the combined distances of Running Down Dementia, Cycling Down Dementia and Swimming Down Dementia.


Until recent weeks Swimming Down Dementia had been paused due to restrictions around using public swimming pools. However, we are delighted that it has now been given the green light and you can take it on as a new challenge or complete the distance as part of The Treble if you are signed up to it.


If you’re looking for a new challenge, why not sign up for Swimming Down Dementia?  Our new initiative challenges you to make a splash for dementia research by swimming a distance of your choice by October 31.


Also, keep your eyes peeled for our annual winter Cycling Down Dementia challenge!


Don’t forget to shout about your Running Down Dementia or Treble success to date on the Running Down Dementia Facebook group and your own social media channels.

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