On the 5 September, The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) supporter Anthony Rose took on the Thames Path 100, the challenge of running, jogging and walking 100 miles along the Thames from Richmond waterfront to Oxford in just 28 hours in support of our ground-breaking Parkinson’s research.

Having taken part in ultra-marathon events since 2016, Anthony is no stranger to long distance running. He said:

‘ The first ultra I did was the Chiltern Wonderland 50…shortly after that I injured my left leg and kept having what I, and the medical profession thought were nerve issues…In January 2019 my leg issue was finally diagnosed as being Parkinson’s Disease.’

After dealing with his diagnoses  of young onset Parkinson’s disease , Anthony came across the BBC documentary ‘The Parkinson’s Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure?’, which followed the journey of nine brave and wonderful participants through a pioneering drug trial. . He said:

“Just after I was diagnosed the BBC broadcast a documentary about the Phase II GDNF trial in Bristol. I was blown away by Tom Isaacs [CPT’s late co-founder and President] and he inspired me to raise awareness about Parkinson’s. I've started a blog on Instagram called @puckfarkinsons to try and share my experience.”

While Anthony is no stranger to long distance running, having taken part in not only the Chiltern Wonderland 50,  the North Downs and South Downs 100, the Thames Path 100 was certainly no mean feat! At only 4km into the challenge, Anthony felt a tear in his left calf. Despite this obstacle however, his determination remained strong, leading him to complete the journey in just 25 hours and 24 minutes – well under the cut off time! Huge congratulations to you Anthony, your positive outlook and determination is inspirational!

Not only has Anthony completed an amazing challenge of endurance, but he has managed to smash his fundraising target, raising a phenomenal £3,660 for CPT’s pioneering Parkinson’s research!

Family friend and film maker Steven Jeram has created a wonderful documentary about Anthony’s experience of living with Parkinson’s and his incredible fundraising efforts for CPT.

To read more of Anthony’s story and his Thames Path 100 challenge take a look at his fantastic report of the challenge, or if you’d like to support his fundraising please visit his JustGiving page.

If you feel inspired by Anthony’s fundraising efforts, and would like to take on a challenge event for CPT please contact Grace or call 020 7487 3892 to discuss your fundraising ideas – we’d love to hear from you.