Between 4 and 11 October, over 100 of our  supporters embraced their favourite local routes and took part in The Cure Parkinson’s Trust’s (CPT) ‘Run Local’ event, - our first ever 7 day festival of running in support of our research.

Due to Covid-19, 95% of our fundraising events have been changed, cancelled or postponed, including the Virgin Money London Marathon on 4 October and the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 11 October. To counter this disappointment, CPT launched ‘Run Local’, a mass participation event where participants were invited to exercise their minds, (as well as their legs!) and create their own running challenge for these socially distanced times. Those taking part could choose their challenge and we were delighted to see a variety of runs: from a mile in a local park each day for the duration of the event, many first attempts at a 5k, family obstacle courses in gardens, or those who went above and beyond and took on 26.2 miles to commemorate the London Marathon.

This new and exciting event saw a host of different challenges from our Run Local community. On Sunday 4 October, 5 of our runners completed a virtual London marathon in their local area, including CPT team member Ella Rogers. The first weekend of the event also saw team member Suzanne Bailey take on 12 miles in her local area of Chorleywood, while long term supporter Sean Brew completed a marathon as a virtual relay with members of his family, each taking turns to complete their set distances in their local areas.

On Saturday 10 October, we were delighted to have 48 local runners taking on their own individual routes around Chorleywood Common, including CPT’s CEO Will Cook, running a magnificent 21.2k. As well as this, CPT Patron Mike Tindall and Ambassador Iain Balshaw each ran 5k this weekend in support of the charity’s research.

All at CPT would like to say a huge thank you to all the runners who took part in ‘Run Local’. Your incredible fundraising efforts have led to over £10,000 being raised for our pioneering research into a cure for Parkinson’s, we are hugely grateful.

 

“It was wonderful to see so many supporters across the UK join us ‘running local’ in the last two weeks. A big thank you to everyone who took part, sponsored us or helped raise awareness: with so many of our events cancelled this year, new and creative ways to generate funds are crucial for our vital work - to cure Parkinson’s.” Will Cook, CEO