Jason’s Great Manchester Run

March 23, 2018
Dementia UK runner

On 28th September 2017, I took on my biggest challenge yet – the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest – a 10k obstacle course in Manchester, with my good friend Chris Duff. We spoke about how 2018 would be a year to challenge ourselves. Challenge 12 was formed soon after that where we would run 12 events, over 12 months, covering 1200km for two amazing charities, Dementia UK and the U.K. Sepsis Trust.

This is my first time running for Dementia UK as I wanted to run for a charity that helps people live with dementia through its specialist dementia nurses. My grandad had dementia so seeing the changes it brought on was particularly challenging. He was so full of life and enjoyed doing so many things that it was hard to imagine him as anything different.

Before dementia, my grandad was highly active. He loved to paint, walk his dog, work in his garden, and was always singing. His love for Irish music in particular passed on to the family and listening to him sing was something we all loved.

Quite simply, he had built an amazing loving family. There are many fond memories I have of him, from family holidays to singing happy birthday to me with that amazing voice of his.

“You are never alone”

Dementia at the time was something no one had really heard of so we didn’t know how to take it when he was diagnosed. The situation would have been rather different if we had the support of an Admiral Nurse at this difficult time.

Chris, lost his mum to sepsis in 2017 quite suddenly and I know how much this challenge means to him as well. I couldn’t pick a better running partner.

In May, we take on the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon and I’ll be supported by my wife and 10 month old daughter. We have talked a few of our work colleagues into taking on the race as well, and I would encourage anyone who would like to challenge themselves and raise some money for Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses to sign up. Remember: you are never alone.

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