Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Running Down Dementia challenge raises record-breaking total


By Alice Tuohy | Thursday 11 October 2018

Participants in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Running Down Dementia challenge hit a record fundraising total with £349,000 raised for pioneering dementia research.

A team of dementia researchers

A team of dementia researchers that took part

It is the third year the UK’s leading dementia research charity has run the award-winning initiative where people are challenged to run or walk 100km between the beginning of April and the end of August and raise £100 for life-changing dementia research. Many people ran further and raised more money as they competed for places on the leaderboards.

Running Down Dementia

Running Down Dementia

There were 4,882 sign-ups this year. They clocked up 451,609km – more than 11 times the circumference of the Earth (40,075km) and more than one trip around Jupiter (439,264km).

The total raised is a £100,000 increase on last year and takes the overall total from the three years to £800,000, not including Gift Aid.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the official charity partner of parkrun UK and around half of the people who took part in Running Down Dementia are parkrunners.

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

“We are delighted that Running Down Dementia continues to go from strength to strength. This year has been our most successful with a 40 per cent increase in the fundraising total from last year.

“We are so thankful to each and every runner who took part for their amazing effort and dedication. The vital funds raised will help us to make life-changing breakthroughs possible for people with dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK is hoping for similar success with its Cycling Down Dementia challenge, which it has launched for the second year.

Cycling Down Dementia challenges people to ride either 300 miles or 1,000 miles from November 1 to January 31 and raise £150. To sign up go to

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


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