On 14th April Paul Holmes and university flatmate Ursy Walton (pictured above) plan to take on the fantastic Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris in support of Paul’s father Timothy who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2018 and in aid of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT). 

The Paris Marathon offers runners the chance to discover the French capital’s most famous avenues and plazas with a brilliant route that passes the Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde, the Bois de Vincennes, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. As Paul and Ursy train for this spectacular event Paul shares their story so far.

Why choose the Paris Marathon?

“This April is the Paris Marathon, my personal bucket list and life-long goal of completing a marathon is within reach! After completing the Leeds Half Marathon last Spring we sought an iconic challenge in a beautiful location. This French city hosts the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and the Eiffel Tower and I thoroughly look forward to passing them by during the race.

The passion to support The Cure Parkinson’s Trust came from when my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in January 2018 and I wanted to show my support to helping find a cure. Not only will this potentially help my father but also others in similar circumstances."

 How is training going so far for the Paris Marathon?

“The training has consisted of completing a succession of runs around the Yorkshire countryside (pictured below). But this is not without challenges and currently the only thing holding us back is a stress fracture in Ursy’s foot whereby she is having to delay her training. To tackle this, she is trying to maintain fitness by climbing regularly. However, we are still on track to get that sub 4-hour time that we both desire."

To read more of Paul and Ursy’s story or to support their fundraising venture please visit their fundraising page.

CPT thanks Paul and Ursy for their incredible training and fundraising efforts in the lead up to their challenge - we wish you the best of luck and can't wait to hear how you get on!