London residents run the London Marathon for Parkinson’s UK
Runners from across London, including Ealing, Kennington, and Balham, ran the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 22 April.
27-year-old Alice Dickens from Balham completed the 26.2 mile challenge in 5 hours and 27 minutes. She was running for her dad, who has Parkinson’s, in the same month that Parkinson’s UK asked for people to Unite for Parkinson’s to raise awareness of the condition. Alice has raised £2,200 so far for the charity.
Also running was 41-year-old Sarah Taylor from Ealing. Sarah was running in support of her dad who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s ten years ago. She finished the race in 4 hours and 55 minutes and has raised £2,600.
Rob Wood, 41 and from Kennington, finished the race in 4 hours and 25 minutes. Rob works for Britannia Pharmaceuticals, a company that specialises in the development of Parkinson’s medication, and he’s raised £4,000 for the charity so far.
They joined a 220-strong team of runners of all abilities who chose to support the charity. Parkinson’s UK hopes to raise over £325,000 from the event so it can continue with its vital research work to find better treatments and a cure, and improve the lives of the 145,000 people in the UK who are living with Parkinson’s.
Taking part in a sponsored run, whatever the distance, is a great way to support Parkinson’s UK. See www.parkinsons.org.uk/events for ways to get involved.