Going the distance for Parkinson's

Those of us who’ve spent the winter months wrapped up warm, hiding away from the great outdoors should spare a thought for the hundreds of intrepid runners training for upcoming long-distance events - braving the cold and inspiring people to donate to Parkinson's UK along the way.

Running is a fantastic way to keep fit and raise vital funds for Parkinson’s. We have dedicated teams of fundraisers signed up to a range of events in coming weeks; including the Bath Half Marathon, Brighton and Paris marathons, and the most famous long-distance event of all - the Virgin London Marathon taking place on 17 April 2011.

Included in our London Marathon team this year is comedian Rob Deering, Parkinson's UK staff member Ros Pearse (who has already raised an impressive £2,118) and the truly inspirational John Watkins, who is 73 years old and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago.

John says: “I’ve always been an active, outdoors type of person. When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s it took me by surprise. But there’s no point in getting too down about it. I’ve always wanted to do the marathon and thought - why not now?”

Feeling inspired? Why not consider joining one of our teams for a running event taking place later this year, such as the Great North Run or the Royal Parks Half Marathon? Whether you are just starting out or you're an experienced marathon runner there's a race for you. Our running events section provides the full schedule of forthcoming runs and details of how to sign up.

If running isn’t your thing, you can still get involved by volunteering to cheer on our teams at events throughout the year. Contact Kate Welch for more information on 020 7932 1342 or email events@parkinsons.org.uk

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