Monthly Archives: April 2015

What’s the reason for all this?

The end of Parkinson’s Awareness Week seems like a good time to think about the reason I decided to take on this Kilimanjaro challenge and why I’m raising money for Parkinson’s UK…

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Parkinson’s Disease has had, and will continue to have, a great impact on my family. My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about 8 years ago, and his mother (my grandmother) had also suffered from it. For now, my dad manages to keep the symptoms mostly under control thanks to medication, so although everyday tasks may need more effort or take longer, he can still do a lot of the things he enjoys (like his current project, building a rather impressive model railway in his garden!).

Parkinson’s Disease is a horrible condition that affects 1 in 500 people in the UK. No-one dies of Parkinson’s; they just become slowly more and more reliant on other people for every need. The causes of Parkinson’s are as yet unknown, and there is currently no cure.

This is why the work that Parkinson’s UK does is so important, from funding vital research into that elusive cure, to the support and information that they provide to sufferers of the condition and their families, to raising awareness of Parkinson’s Disease and working to change attitudes and perceptions (there’s also a great section on their website with more information about exactly what Parkinson’s is).

Last November I went with my dad to a Parkinson’s UK lecture at the Royal Institution about bespoke treatments for Parkinson’s (if you watch the last video on that link closely you’ll see a cameo from my dad). It was so interesting to learn more about the subject and there were some very positive messages to take away about the direction that the research has been going in. This just reinforced to me the importance of funding to ensure that it continues to progress.

Parkinson’s UK depends entirely on donations and even though my sponsorship target is a just drop in the ocean of what it takes to do all this, I want to do all I can to support their work – and, as they say, every little helps!

March Training Update

Whoops it’s already mid-April! Please excuse my tardiness, let me think back to March…

Kilometres run: 45km
Kilometres walked*: 8km
No. of other workouts: 3

The Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon was of course the highlight of March, and I have to say I’m glad it’s done – I think with more training I could have finished it faster, but really I’m just glad to have finished at all! I have found I am enjoying running more now that there’s less pressure to run really long distances – and the light evenings are definitely helping :)

At the end of March we popped down to Devon to visit Jason’s Mum, and the three of us enjoyed a slightly windy 8km walk along the coast from Westward Ho! up the South West coast path. Despite being fully kitted out in waterproof clothing on the advice of the weather forecast, in the end the wind was all we had to deal with.

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* By the way, Kilometres walked only includes times I’ve gone out “for a walk”, basically how far I’ve walked in my walking boots. I’ve also been walking to one stop further away on the tube to get to work, and making sure I always walk up the escalators at Piccadilly Circus – every little helps!