Southport woman facing world’s biggest obstacle course race for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Posted on 15th February 2016

Alex Ferguson is undertaking a grueling challenge this May at the daunting Rat Race Dirty Weekend on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson

After losing her nan to Alzheimer’s last year, Alex is determined to raise as much as she can for the UK’s leading dementia research charity while taking on a personal challenge at the same time.

The daring woman from Banks, Southport, will be tackling the biggest obstacle course race in the world, which includes overcoming 200 obstacles over 20 miles. When she’s not managing her transport company, Freight Negotiate, Alex is a keen runner. However, she’s never attempted anything of this scale and is training hard to prepare herself.

Alex’s inspiration is her nan, Alma Ferguson, who died with dementia in December 2015 at the age of 78. Alma, who grew up in Liverpool, was a familiar face in her community, in Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Alma was a very independent woman who enjoyed walking and gardening. However, as her Alzheimer’s gradually worsened, her memory, speech and ability to do simple tasks were affected. This eventually made her daily routine near impossible to complete without the help and assistance of close family members, her daughter Ellen being her main carer.

Alma Ferguson
Alma Ferguson

Alex said:

“My nan was one of the kindest, least selfish people I’ve ever known. I would visit her frequently when she developed Alzheimer’s, but she was visibly worse each time and it was very hard. It doesn’t just affect the person with the condition, but also everyone around them until their lives become consumed from trying to help. We felt completely lost when she passed.”

“Research into dementia is critical, because there’s currently no cure. That’s why I chose to support Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

The 24-year-old aims to raise £10,000 for the charity and is already well on the way to her target.

Hannah Reynolds, Community Fundraising Executive at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“Many people think that dementia is a normal part of ageing, but it’s not – it’s caused by brain diseases. One in three people over 65 will die with some form of dementia and the only way to beat the condition is through research.

“We’re so grateful to Alex for undertaking this amazing challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The money raised will go towards pioneering research into diagnosis, prevention and treatments for dementia so we can help people like Alma.”

To sponsor Alex, visit or text ‘AMLA78’ then your amount (e.g. £5) to 70070. 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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