Sheffield fundraiser to tackle half marathon

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A Sheffield man who has been running at least 5k a day since January 1 to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK will swap his usual route later this month to take part in the Great North Run half marathon.

Chris Wright, aged 46, who grew up in Sheffield and now lives in Sitges in Spain, will be running in the race in Newcastle and Gateshead with his wife, Sarah.

He lost an aunt to Alzheimer’s and has since seen another aunt develop vascular dementia, while his wife’s father, Les Hurst, is now in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Chris, who has already raised over £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “I had never really been much of a fan of running and I never thought I would be taking on a half marathon, but over the last few months I have really come to enjoy it. Running is now part of my daily routine and wherever I am in the world I always make sure I fit it in.

“When I set out on my challenge this year I always intended to throw in some longer runs so this is the perfect opportunity.

“Our families have been hit hard by Alzheimer’s and other dementias and I fear for myself and my two children in the future.”