Tom, Josh and I decided to run for Dementia UK because we know it’s a fantastic charity that offers amazing support to a huge number of people all across the UK.
We met at Manchester University, but didn’t bond over our love for long distance running. I think so many people thought we’d fall apart training for the run, let alone tackling the full 13 miles! We can’t thank our amazing friends and families enough for supporting us and allowing us to raise a staggering £5,606.25 (every penny counts!). We’re so proud to know how much of an impact that this amount will have on families living with dementia.
The Great Manchester Run was my first-ever race and I would never have imagined in a million years that I would have got over the finishing line. Having the support of Josh and Tom was a big help as well as from girlfriends, flatmates and family at the finishing line. Josh finished it in an impressive 1:44, Tom in 1:55 and I took in the scenery a bit more coming in at the 1:57 mark.
It was great fun and at the end of the day we’re all doing it for a fantastic cause. Seeing people running with Dementia UK shirts on, as well as those supporting from the cheer point kept us all going through the last couple of miles of the race.
My advice to anyone who is facing dementia is to get involved with the charity. Dementia UK does amazing work and I know we’re excited to see what the future holds for them. Who knows, maybe we’ll be running for Dementia UK again next year. We’ll need to get a few massages in first though!
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