A Sheffield runner has committed himself to a year-long challenge of running at least five kilometres a day to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Chris Wright, aged 46, set the challenge after seeing several family members battle Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
His wife Sarah’s father is one of those with the condition.
Chris will run nearly 2,000km over the course of the year after beginning his challenge on New Year’s Day.
He said: “It started after I’d heard about a few other people trying to run 5k a day and not managing to keep the challenge going for a year. I told Sarah I was thinking about doing this and before I knew it, she’d told everyone I was doing it, so I was committed.
“Sarah and I have run the Great North Run before to raise money for research, and we do it for her dad, Les, who is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease and now lives in a care home. “Seeing his decline is heartbreaking, especially for Sarah and her mum, and having seen other family members affected by dementia it’s something that terrifies me. I chose to support Alzheimer’s Research UK because I want to do all I can to find a cure for this cruel condition.”
Chris, who was raised in Sheffield, will be running mostly in Sitges, Spain, where he currently lives with his wife and their family, or in Amsterdam, where he travels for work.
As well as his regular daily runs, Chris is also planning to take part in several longer races throughout the year, including the Great North Run in Newcastle.
Claire Priestwood, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “This is an incredible challenge and we couldn’t be more grateful to Chris for his total dedication to the cause. Every £20 he raises throughout the year will be enough to fund another hour of pioneering research, bringing new treatments for dementia ever closer.”
n To sponsor Chris, visit www.justgiving.com/chris5kaday.