Take up a chal­lenge

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When Alzheimer’s Re­search UK launched its ‘Run­ning Down De­men­tia’ cam­paign, Andy Mor­ris (in­set) knew he wanted to be part of it. ‘To say my fam­ily has been af­fected by de­men­tia is an un­der­state­ment,’ says the 53-yearold from Ch­ester­field. ‘My aunt Joan died of it sev­eral years ago – and now both my mum, Peggy, and step­fa­ther-in-law, Tony, have de­vel­oped this cruel, life-short­en­ing ill­ness.’

The char­ity asked run­ners to cover 100km in five months and raise £100. But as an ex­pe­ri­enced run­ner, Andy felt a big­ger chal­lenge was needed to jus­tify ask­ing peo­ple for spon­sor­ship. ‘I wanted to feel I’d re­ally earned the money,’ he says. ‘So I asked friends and fam­ily to sug­gest their own chal­lenges.’ Andy’s niece Kiri tasked him with run­ning 250km in four weeks, while his wife Julie and sis­ter Sally chal­lenged the avowed Birm­ing­ham City fan to run a 10K in an As­ton Villa shirt. The fundrais­ing tar­get was also stretched to a hefty £2,000. Andy met ev­ery chal­lenge head-on, even mak­ing life more dif­fi­cult for him­self by choos­ing the tough­est ter­rain he could find and try­ing to run as fast as pos­si­ble. He’s clocked up over 500km and raised more money than any other chal­lenge par­tic­i­pant. ‘I’m amazed at what I’ve achieved,’ he says. ‘Through run­ning, I’ve learned that I can push my­self and over­come chal­lenges, and, most im­por­tantly, make a dif­fer­ence.’

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