First-time runner in half marathon effort for Alzheimer’s Research UK

12 October 2017

A novice runner from Market Harborough is celebrating after completing his first ever half marathon, raising nearly £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK in the process.

Tony Brown, Installations Director at Wickes, took on the challenge with his wife Nikki – who didn’t let illness stop her crossing the finish line at the Glasgow Half Marathon on Sunday 2 October – after the pair decided to challenge themselves to improve their health and fitness.

The 13-mile race is one of many fundraising events being taken on by Wickes colleagues across the country in support of their chosen charity. The company has been partnered with Alzheimer’s Research UK since summer 2016, and has so far raised more than £750,000 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Tony, who is based at the firm’s Home Delivery Centre in Northampton, explained:

“Even a year ago, neither Nikki nor I had ever considered doing anything like this, but we first got the idea on holiday in one of our favourite cities, Lucca, which has a circular wall around it. We thought we would try to run the length of it, but on our first attempt we couldn’t even make it 100 metres! When we got home, we decided to make some fundamental changes – I had quite a sedentary lifestyle so I’ve started exercising, cut back on alcohol and am eating more healthily. But it was watching the London Marathon coverage in April that inspired us to sign up for the Half Marathon, along with my sister-in-law Michelle.

“It turned out to be a brilliant day, despite the rain and the fact that Nikki was unwell on the day! She braved the race anyway, and we all crossed the finish line together. It was brilliant to see so many other people on the course in their bright orange Alzheimer’s Research UK shirts.

“It seemed like a natural choice to support Wickes’ chosen charity, especially as the Installations Team have already been raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. It felt really good to be running for such a good cause, and it’s one that resonates with me as I’ve lost a close relative to Alzheimer’s in the past. I’m delighted to have raised so much for this hugely important cause.”

Kate Moss, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“What an amazing effort from Tony and his family! We couldn’t be more grateful to them for their support – the money they’ve raised will be able to help fund vital resources and equipment for our scientists, bringing the next breakthrough ever closer. Over 850,000 people are currently living with dementia in the UK, yet we currently lack treatments capable of stopping or slowing the diseases that cause it. Research is the only answer to this devastating condition, and it’s thanks to support from people like Tony and companies like Wickes that we’re able to continue our vital work.”

To add to Tony’s sponsorship total, visit https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/tony-s-half-marathon, and to find out more about Alzheimer’s Research UK’s work visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org