Runners break fundraising-records taking part in Running Down Dementia challenge

Runners break fundraising-records taking part in Running Down Dementia challenge

From April to August, runners all over the UK took part in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Running Down Dementia challenge. It’s been announced today the challenge hit a record fundraising total, with £349,000 being raised for pioneering dementia research.

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The challenge is to run or walk 100km between the beginning of April and the end of August, and raise £100 for Alzheimer’s Research whilst doing so. Many runners embraced the challenge, running further than 100km, as they competed for places on the leaderboards.

4,882 runners took part and clocked up 451,609km all together. Half of the runners who took part were parkrunners, with Alzheimer’s Research UK being the official partner of parkrun UK.

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Julia Sobik, Senior Sporting Events & Partnerships Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We are delighted that Running Down Dementia continues to go from strength to strength. This year has been our most successful with a 40 per cent increase in the fundraising total from last year.

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“We are so thankful to each and every runner who took part for their amazing effort and dedication. The vital funds raised will help us to make life-changing breakthroughs possible for people with dementia.”

The Alzheimer’s Research UK team is hoping for similar success with its Cycling Down Dementia challenge, with challenges people to ride either 300 or 1000 miles from 1 November to 31 January to raise £150.