Marathon stories


By Tim Parry | Monday 14 April 2014

What a day at yesterday’s Virgin Money London Marathon. All the months of training from Team ARUK (the 64 runners who took part for Alzheimer’s Research UK) came down to one sweltering morning in London, and their incredible efforts made us all proud.

The day brought a new Guinness World Record for Susie Hewer who broke her own record for the longest crochet chain whilst running a marathon (an amazing 139.4m), the opportunity for Viv Hill to run in the floor-length ball gown her Mum made her and a smile on the face of all our runners as they passed the huge Team ARUK cheer squad just past mile 14, helping them along the way.

We’ve a selection of our top photos from the event below, more can be found on our Facebook page.

1. Marathon bam-bams

 2. Marathon selfie

3. Jono’s salute

4. Spreading the love

5. Breaking records

6. Marathon smiles

7. Some of your marathon messages

If the heroes above have inspired you to get active to help defeat dementia, visit our fundraising pages to get ideas on how to get involved; or if you prefer watching from the sidelines, why not join one of our cheer squad teams at one of this year’s running events.

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Tim Parry

Tim is Director of Communications and Brand at Alzheimer’s Research UK leading a team covering media, science communications, branding, health information, digital development and special projects. Tim joined the charity in 2008 and has overseen communications during a period of growth, including leading the change in brand to Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2011. Before joining the charity, Tim worked in PR and communications roles in both the public and private sectors, covering education, the environment and industry.