Local man, Craig Davidson, 38, from Swindon will take on the challenge of running 10k to raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK.
Parkinson’s UK Run Highclere will take place in the beautiful grounds of Highclere Castle in Newbury, Berkshire. The location is the home of the award-winning ITV1 series, Downton Abbey.
Parkinson’s UK is the support and research charity which is working to find a cure and improve the lives of the 127,000 people in the UK, who are living with Parkinson’s.
Craig is running in memory of his father, Henry, who had Parkinson’s. He passed away last October.
Craig said: “My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s two years ago; unfortunately he passed away last year at the young age of 67.
“It’s the first time l have ran an event like this and I know my dad will be with me all the way. My training has been going well, so l’m really keen to get stuck in now and l know that all of my family and friends will get behind the cause and help me with my fundraising.
“It will be quite poignant doing the run after everything the family has been through and l really hope the event raises a grand amount for this amazing charity.”
Parkinson’s UK Run Highclere takes place on Sunday 29 April at 10.30am.
Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “I’m looking forward to the event and I hope that everyone will have a day to remember. Taking part in Run Highclere is a fantastic way to raise vital funds to support our work.
“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. But our work is totally dependent on donations.
“We are incredibly grateful to Craig for his support.”
Runners are invited to run in fancy dress. Downton Abbey period costumes are especially welcome.
There is no minimum sponsorship required to take part, but runners are asked to aim to raise £100.
Parkinson’s UK Run Highclere is a flat road run and is licensed by UK Athletics (UKA). All runners will receive their own official race finish time – which is recorded using chip technology – an exclusive souvenir T-shirt and a finisher’s medal.
All runners must be aged 15 or over on the day. Under 18s must have parental permission to take part.
To sign up for a place on the run visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/highclere or call the Events team on 020 7932 1369.
Run Highclere is just one of a number of Parkinson’s UK running events taking place this year. To find out more visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/running.