Read some of the stories of parkrunners who have supported Alzheimer's Research UK.
parkrun founder’s marathon effort
parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt was one of 220 people who ran the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK
He raised an incredible £21,196.46, helping us achieve a record-breaking total.
Paul said: I’m incredibly proud of everything our parkrunners have done so far for Alzheimer’s Research UK and I was delighted to play my own personal part in raising money to help fund scientists’ vital work.”
11 parkruns in one day
A team of five parkrunners ran all the parkruns in Hertfordshire in just one day.
Scott Clarke, Paul Bliss, Chris Poole, Dave Llewellyn and Steve Grout raised more than £1,400 from the challenge.
The group started at the Gadebridge parkrun and then ran the Tring, Rickmansworth, South Oxhey, Cassiobury, Aldenham, Barclay, Panshanger, Stevenage, Ellenbrook Fields and St Albans courses, before finishing at Beehive Juniors in Welwyn Garden City — a total of 57km.
Scott said: “As well as having fun, challenging ourselves physically and doing our favourite thing 11 times in one day, we did it to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK as it’s a cause close to so many of us.”
100km in a day
Seasoned parkrunner Harriet Frost completed the Running Down Dementia 100km challenge in just one day.
Harriet completed her challenge at the Race to the Stones 100km ultramarathon, running across the North Wessex Downs in Oxfordshire from Lewknor to the Thames crossing at Goring.
She raised more than £700 from the challenge which was in honour of her grandma, Eileen, who sadly died with vascular dementia just before the race.
Harriet, who has travelled the world completing parkruns, said: “My 100km run was tough but life is tough sometimes and I got through it with a few tears, hugs from my mum throughout, and the thought of my grandma.”
50 parkrun challenge
Paul Muldoon and John Halliwell ran all the parkrun courses in the north west in just seven days.
The dynamic duo from Stockport ran 50 parkruns and raised £2,300, more than double their target of £1,000.
The inspiration for the challenge was Paul’s grandfather, Edward Anderson, who died in December 2016 after a battle with vascular dementia.
Paul, a founder and former director of the Wythenshawe parkrun, said: “It was tougher than we thought it would be.
“The driving caught us out a bit. It was hard getting in the car after a run. With a foot on the accelerator, locked in position, your leg would start cramping up.
“It was also mentally draining, concentrating on driving and then arriving for the next run and having to work out the course.”
Rowan tackles the Berlin Marathon
Rowan Ardill, a parkrun employee, was among 20 runners who took on the Berlin Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
When Rowan turned 30 he set himself the target of running the six Marathon Majors around the world before he reaches 40.
Berlin was the first stop in the parkrun Engagement Officer’s marathon challenge and he raised more than £1,300.
He said: “I absolutely loved completing the Berlin Marathon and was proud to do it wearing an Alzheimer’s Research UK vest.
“It was a real challenge and I was really struggling at 35km in, but knowing I’d received so many donations for a wonderful cause gave me the motivation to get across the finish line.”