Alzheimer’s Research UK staff #loveparkrun

Lots of our staff are parkrunners. Read about why we love parkrun.

“I’ve been a runner for a few years. I used to run on my own most weeks, often with a pair of headphones. It became a bit dreary and I started looking for something new.
“In 2016 I attended my first parkrun and it was immediately transformative. I loved so many aspects, from the community spirit, to the fantastic setting at Wimpole, to the challenge of running against the clock on the same course each week.
“It renewed my love of running and helped me meet new people.
“It’s so good, I’ve taken my wife and friends along and even signed up my young children for junior parkrun.”

Dr Steve Andrews
Head of Chemistry at Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute

“I attend the Barnsley parkrun (my hometown) and the ones in Brockwell Park and Tooting Common in London. I’ve also done a bit of tourism at Nostell Priory, Aberdeen and Wimpole Estate and am in awe of the people who have toured the country and done every course.
“I started running in 2013 and love the inclusive atmosphere and how everyone – fast or slow – supports and cheers for each other.
“I’ve seen my PB come down from 31 minutes to 27min 30sec, so it’s definitely helped me become a better runner!”

Dr Selina Wray
Alzheimer’s Research UK Senior Research Fellow, UCL Institute of Neurology

“I attend the Cambridge parkrun in Milton Country Park.
“It’s a great way to start the weekend and the support provided by the other runners and spectators is fantastic.
“For myself and friends that live elsewhere in the country, parkrun is an experience we can share even if we’re not running together. When we do meet up, wherever that may be, a parkrun is often suggested. We call this #parkruntourism!”

Dr Tim Rooney
Research Associate at Alzheimer’s Research UK’s
Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute

“Attending Wimpole parkrun sets me up for the weekend. It’s my time and the ultimate feel-good factor.
“I absolutely love the sense of community and the gratitude the parkrunners show to the marshals and volunteers.
“It’s not a race but I can’t help wanting to push myself further and beat my PB (not easy with the dreaded Wimpole Hill).”

Lucy Squance
Director of Supporter Led Fundraising

“I go to the Cambridge parkrun.
“I love the community feel. Seeing 500+ people arriving at Milton Country Park, my first thought is ‘why are all these people up so early on a Saturday!’.
“I hate running by myself so parkrun has helped me learn to like it a tiny bit more each time.”

Hannah Reynolds
Community & Sporting Events Officer

“I have been on a bit of a tour of parkruns promoting Running Down Dementia, so I have been to Leeds, Hyde Park, Nottingham and Milton Keynes.
“I love parkrun because it creates such a unique sense of community that is so hard to come by. It is just a fantastic positive atmosphere that countless people benefit from for all sorts of reasons.”

Kelly Holliday
Sporting Events Officer

“I have attended Huntingdon, Cambridge, Northampton and Bedford parkruns.
“I love parkrun because, with their run, walk, jog and volunteer options, anyone can participate – whether you’re striving for a PB or just want to get outside.
“I participate with my family – it’s a lovely thing to be able to do together.”

Amy Davies
Sporting Events Executive

“It has become a regular part of our weekend schedule, with my wife running the Huntingdon parkrun on Saturdays and us frequently attending the Cambridge junior parkrun with our three children on the Sunday.
“We are always made to feel welcome and it’s a positive experience for the whole family.”

Kenneth Foreman
Senior Sporting Event Manager

“I attend Tooting Common parkrun.
“I love that empowering Saturday morning feeling when you’ve managed to drag yourself out of bed and complete a friendly parkrun before it’s even time for breakfast!
“I’m always so inspired by and grateful to the volunteers who make them happen too.
“The best weekends start off with a parkrun.”

Liz Allen
Principal Gifts Lead

“I swap between Hinchingbrooke and Wimpole parkruns.
“I enjoy it as it’s motivating to run with so many other people and gets me up and out on a Saturday.”

Charlotte Abrams
Legacy and In Memory Marketing Executive