Sheffield man runs every day for charity

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A Sheffield man who is running 5k a day for charity is gearing up to hit the half way mark in his year-long challenge.

Chris Wright has run at least 5k a day for the past six months in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Next Thursday will mark the half way point - his 183rd consecutive day of pounding the streets.

The web developer usually runs in Sitges in Spain, where he currently lives with his family, or in Amsterdam where he regularly travels for work.

He has raised nearly €2,000 so far.

The lifelong Sheffield United supporter said he was motivated to support Alzheimer’s Research UK after seeing the impact of dementia on family members.

One aunt has died, another has the condition and his father-in-law, Les Hurst, is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s and needs round-the-clock residential care.

In September, he will run his daily 5k as part of the Great North Run in Newcastle, which he has entered with his wife, Sarah.

Chris, who is keeping a record of his progress with a blog and video diary, said: “People often don’t realise the level of disability that comes with Alzheimer’s, but the reality for Les now is that he can no longer walk or even lift his head, and any moments of clarity disappeared a long time ago.

“It’s vital for people to know it’s not just something that happens when you get old, it’s a disease, which means we can find a cure. This cause is colossally important to me.

“It was Sarah who first got me into running, and if I’m honest I’ve never been a huge fan of it. But through the last six months I’ve come to really enjoy it and feel like I’m doing something worthwhile.”

There are around 7,000 people in Sheffield with Alzheimer’s.

To follow Chris’ daily progress, visit his blog at chrswrght.wordpress.com, or to sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/chris5kaday