Has your 2020 running event been cancelled leaving you with a sense of loss or lack of direction, or perhaps relief? Either way, we’ve got an important message for you: please don’t put your trainers away just yet!

COVID-19 has led to 95% of our fundraising events being cancelled or postponed, including two of our biggest fundraising running events like the Virgin Money London Marathon on 4 October and the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 11 October. 

To counter this disappointment, we are proudly launching “Run Local”: our first-ever virtual ‘Festival of Running’ taking place between the 4 and 11 October. This will be a multi-runner challenge designed for socially distant times and we are asking you to exercise your minds (as well as your legs!); choose your distance, plan your best local route, and join our friendly Run Local community to raise money to cure Parkinson’s. 

We aim to have a large team of runners around the country during the week, including The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) Patron Mike Tindall MBE, CPT Ambassador Iain Balshaw, our own CEO Will Cook and many more. Five of our most athletic supporters will kick the week off on Sunday 4 by attempting a full marathon, and Mike and Will will set out on their 5K routes on Saturday 10 coached by ‘RunPod’ and TV & Radio presenter Jenni Falconer. Watch the short video below of Will Cook in training for this exciting event, We’d be delighted if you would join us!

What do I do?

Choose your distance then create your own challenge by setting your own route. Whether you’re an experienced runner looking to put your training to good use, or you just want to enjoy a new challenge and get involved your way. Some popular suggestions include:

  • Set up and run a family obstacle course around your garden
  • Run a mile in your local park with your family
  • Challenge your family and create a marathon relay challenge in your local area
  • Run 5K or 10K with a group of friends, all socially-distanced
  • Run 13.1 miles to celebrate the Royal Parks Half Marathon 2020
  • Run 26.2 miles to celebrate the Virgin Money London Marathon 2020

For a more extreme challenge, how about running 5K each day between 4 and 11 October? Or for those of you who are complete running enthusiasts, how about an ultra marathon (100K) your way, through that week?

Why join Run Local?

  • We have a like-minded community of runners who are passionate about running and raising money to cure Parkinson’s. Our CEO Will Cook is a keen runner (so far completing three marathons for charity and a dozen half marathons) and will run on the day with friends; he and our supportive events team members are keen to get to know like-minded runners dedicated to curing Parkinson’s. 
  • You can share your progress together within our dedicated Strava club “CPT Run Local”. Strava is a sports app where you can track your run accurately, both distance and speed, and connect with other Cure Parkinson’s athletic supporters! You can find out more here.
  • An online awards ceremony after the event, with varied categories like fastest 5K, longest distance, youngest runner, biggest virtual team and best outfit!
  • For a donation of £10 when you sign up, you will receive our eco-friendly Run Local wooden medal.
  • If you are able to persuade others to sponsor you, we will post you a free Cure Parkinson’s t-shirt if you raise £100 or more. 

How to get involved

  1. Sign up for here for free, with our registration form.
  2. Choose your distance and local route, to complete between 4 and 11 October.
  3. Join our Strava club.
  4. Set up your JustGiving page to start fundraising.
  5. Share your challenge with family, friends, and your social media networks. Ask them to help out by sponsoring you or joining in with Run Local themselves. Remember to tag us so we can share what you’re up to!
  6. Run on the day! Please do remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines as set out by the government.
  7. Show off your favourite local route by sharing pictures of your run on social media using the hashtag #RunLocal – we’d love to hear from you!

If you have any questions, please email Alex.