9 Nov

parkrun Unites To Run Down Dementia

runners with a big charity cheque

A fundraising campaign between parkrun and Alzheimer’s Research UK has brought about a remarkable response with more than £215,000 raised for the charity. Launched earlier this year, ‘Running Down Dementia’, required parkrunners to complete 100k over the course of five months and pledge to raise £100.

From 13 May onwards, participants were challenged to complete the distance by the end of October. They could achieve this mileage by taking part in weekly parkruns and/or running to their own schedule; there was also the option to walk rather than run but in all cases, the aim was to reach the goal mileage.

With the news that such an impressive fundraising mark had been hit, many who had participated sported their Running Down Dementia T-shirts at their local parkrun at the final event in October. Almost 4,000 runners across 381 parkruns took part in the challenge, covering a total of over 337,000k.

A post on the parkrun news page from Alzheimer’s Research UK thanked everyone who had contributed: ‘’We want to say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has taken part in Running Down Dementia. Thanks to you, vital dementia research projects have been funded and are now underway in London and Norwich.’’

If you want to make sure you’re the first to know when Running Down Dementia 2017 launches you can sign up to the challenge already through the form on the Running Down Dementia homepage.