Through 2016, I'm running 52 parkruns, in 52 weeks, in 52 places. And blogging about it to keep you up to date on progress - www.52parkruns.wordpress.com.
Parkruns are free, weekly, timed 5k runs, which take place in hundreds of different parks across the UK and further afield.
I have two big aims over the course of the year. These are:
- To raise as much money as possible for Alzheimer's Research UK; and
- To encourage as many people as possible to take part in a parkrun.
Alzheimer's Research UK
Alzheimer's Research UK do brilliant work to fund Alzheimer's research and translate findings into new treatments and preventions.
Alzheimer's is a progressive and ultimately fatal disease of the brain. Symptoms such as memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning can affect all aspects of a person's life, as well as that of their family's.
There's currently no cure for dementia. There are treatments that help alleviate some of the symptoms, but only to a certain extent and for a limited time.
Research has made (and continues to make) a huge difference to cancer care. If we invest in it now, it can also make a huge difference to Alzheimer's and dementia care.