Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Running Down Dementia

This is another fund-raising initiative between the phenomenon that is parkrun  and ARUK in which parkrunners were asked to challenge themselves to run or walk 100k (not all at once I hasten to add!) and raise £100 over the summer.

That gave people 5 months to achieve something amazing in their running journey whilst raising funds to power research into dementia.

Runners could choose to do the challenge as individuals or as part of a team. What a great way to encourage people to perhaps run a few extra miles and feel that they are making a difference at the same time!

There is a leaderboard where people can see how they are doing as an individual and they can also help their parkrun group reach the top of the leaderboard in terms of money raised and distance run. A nice bit of healthy competition.

Looking back at the figures for June, Bedford parkrun was in the lead for mileage with more than 550km logged. But things can change so quickly and as of today Bolton parkrun has gone into the lead with an impressive total of 1462.73km. Antrim parkrun was leading the fund-raising table with over £1200 raised but they have been overtaken by Newcastle with a massive £2,025.14.

In the 'Team' category, the ARUK staff team is now in the lead with a very impressive £2,809.84. Great to see them setting an example and supporting the cause.

As we're now about halfway through the challenge I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the latest overall statistics and they are jolly impressive:
  • 3024 runners are taking part, including 115 teams.
  • Between them they have run 368 parkruns covering 98,245 kilometres.
  • They have raised £93,001 so far.
Wow! It just goes to show what can be achieved if we all come together.

Keep up the good work all you fabulous parkrunners.

By the way, it's not too late to join in the fun as you can still sign up here as the finish date is 31st October so there's plenty of time left.  All the parkruns you run can be used to contribute towards you 100km target which gives you plenty of time to get your friends and family to help you reach the £100 target.

Good luck and thank you for supporting Alzheimer's Research UK - together we will make a difference!

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