Friends complete dementia charity’s 100km running challenge in just 10 days

24 August 2018

Two friends from Hull have completed a challenge to run 10km a day for 10 days raising money for pioneering dementia research.

Claire Capes, Lisa Hall

Claire Capes, Lisa Hall

Claire Capes, 50, and Lisa Hall, 51, took part in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Running Down Dementia campaign, which challenges people to run 100km during the summer. However, they decided to complete the challenge in just 10 days.

The duo, who have raised more than £1,700, were inspired to take on the challenge as Claire’s mum has Alzheimer’s disease.

Claire Capes mum Beryl

Claire Capes mum Beryl

Friends and family joined them on the runs, while they also ran the Hull parkrun on two Saturdays, running twice around the route. For the final day of the challenge they ran the York 10km.

Claire said:

“I’d wanted to do a 10km a day for 10 days challenge for a few years. Lisa spotted the Running Down Dementia challenge on Facebook and when she showed me I said ‘this is meant to be, we’ve got to do it’. It’s great to do it for a cause that is so close to my heart.

“Because we’d not done anything like this before we were concerned that we weren’t going to be able to do it, but each day we felt stronger and stronger. The last day was really emotional, there were a lot of tears.

“We set a fundraising target of £500 and have more than tripled it. It’s been absolutely amazing. Every day we posted pictures of our routes on Facebook. The comments we had and the encouragement and support have been unbelievable.”

Claire’s mum, Beryl, 78, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease seven years ago.

Claire said:

“I first realised something was wrong when I noticed she didn’t seemed to be retaining information that I gave her. I’d tell her something and then the next day when I mentioned it she wouldn’t remember what I’d told her.

“She’s gone through some horrible stages. Not long ago she was sleeping 17 hours a day and there was a time when she would fall often and she’d get aggressive with dad, me and the carers. But the past three months she’s been jolly, smiling and laughing, although she doesn’t remember anything. She’s wonderful, she’s so loving and wants to cuddle you all the time.

“My mum’s diagnosis has been life-changing for everybody in the family. It’s been devastating to watch her go through this.

“I just like to think that in the future we will have a world without this awful, crippling, devastating disease.”

Claire and Lisa are among nearly 5,000 people taking part in Running Down Dementia this summer. They have so far run more than 400,000km and raised around £300,000.

Julia Sobik, Senior Sporting Events and Partnerships Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We are in awe of Claire and Lisa for completing the Running Down Dementia challenge in just 10 days.

“Claire, Lisa and the thousands of people who are taking part in Running Down Dementia are striking a blow in the battle against dementia. The vital funds raised will power world-class dementia research projects and help bring an end to the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.”

To sponsor Claire and Lisa go to https://runningdowndementia2018.everydayhero.com/uk/claire-42

For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org