Running and Cycling towards a cure

Christine Baker
Michael Curtis


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[p]Thanks for visiting our page. Last year and continuing into 2021, charities have been exceedingly hard hit by Covid-19 lockdowns and the cancellation of events that would usually generate huge fundraising opportunities. All of our 2020 events were cancelled or postponed, though we continued (and currently still do so) to complete virtual challenges in support of our two charities. [/p][p]As ever, we continue to raise money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease and Alzheimer's Disease. We already have quite a few dates in the diary from postponed events, and have added more to the 2021 list! [/p][p]We have both signed up for cycling events which are currently way out of our comfort zones, so really have to up the ante on the bikes this year.[/p][p]Our biggest challenges this year are a 100km cycle in South Wales (September), which we are both attempting, and a 100km ultra run - Race to the Stones - in July for Christine.[/p][p]Our other events throughout the year:[/p][p]VIRTUAL:[/p][p]Mike's distance challenge: 862 miles Antarctica South Pole Vultra challenge ... how long will it take him to run across the frozen continent?[/p][p]RED January (Christine): having never completed a running streak longer than 7 days, I wanted to set a running challenge to Run Every Day in January. 5k was my minimum daily distance.[/p][p]Charles Darwin Day half marathon (Mike & Christine): 12th February, Charles Darwin's birthday. Christine's virtual month-long challenge: 116 miles Everest Vultra tour (ending up on the summit!)[/p][p]March Metric Accumulator (Mike & Christine): 1st - 21st March. Start by running 1km on March 1st and add 1km per day, every day, finishing with 21.1km (half marathon distance) on March 21st. Ouch! This one's a total of 144 miles in 21 days, with a third week that neither of us is particularly looking forward to![/p][p]Star Wars half marathon (both): May 4th[/p][p]Scheduled and waiting for confirmation:[/p][p]Endure 24 Reading (Christine - team): June 12th-13th - run as many 5-mile laps as possible in 24 hours as part of a 5-person team. RESCHEDULED and deferred to 2022 due to date clash.[/p][p]Endure 24 Leeds (Christine - solo): July 3rd-4th - run as many 5-mile laps as possible in 24 hours, solo. Deferred to 2022 due to being the week before RTTS![/p][p]London full duathlon (Mike & Christine): September 5th, rearranged from April. 10k run - 40k cycle - 5k run. [/p][p]Great North Run 2021 (both): September 12th. Re-routed but going ahead![/p][p]Manchester marathon (Christine): October, rescheduled from April 2020[/p][p][br][/p][p]Many of you know our story - in 2006 I lost mam to Motor Neurone Disease, just 10 months after diagnosis. The disease robbed her of her ability to walk, move, swallow and talk. It's progressive, aggressive, terminal. It's indiscriminate and so far, there is no treatment and no cure. Sadly Mike's dad, who suffered from Alzheimer's for over 10 years, passed away in October 2019. Alzheimer's is another cruel disease; it robs you of your memories and leaves only the physical shell of the person you once were. No treatment, no cure.[/p][p]The MNDA supports families and sufferers by providing equipment such as Lightwriters, adapted chairs etc. to enable those with the disease to maintain an independent life as far as is possible, and to ease some of the symptoms where this can be done. Although mam lost the ability to talk, she used a Lightwriter to communicate - those of you who knew mam will know how important that was to her! They also fund important research, in the hope of one day ridding the world of this cruel disease.[/p][p]Alzheimer's Research UK fund the very best biomedical research, from basic to clinical, that improves our understanding of all the causes of different dementias or improves diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Their ultimate goal is a preventative treatment or intervention for neurodegenerative diseases.[/p][p]The MNDA will receive 75% of any funds we raise, and Alzheimer's Research UK 25%. Positive breakthroughs have been made recently in MND research, and ARUK aims to bring about, through research, the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025. [/p][p]Please join us and help us ensure that in the future, these diseases are well and truly eradicated. [/p][p]Until there's a cure, there is no finish line!!![/p][p]Thank you for your ongoing support; we really, really appreciate every penny![/p][p]Christine & Mike xx[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

31 Dec 2021


Oct 10, 2021

Bernie Brown

Keep running - you are awesome xx


Oct 10, 2021


You run while I drink coffee and create more work for you ;)


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 26, 2021

Ray and Sue

Good luck you crazy dude’s. 💕💕💕Ray and Sue. 🥰🥰🥰


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Sep 26, 2021


Good luck Mike and Christine!


plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Sep 26, 2021


You'll do great


Sep 26, 2021

Catherine and Dave

We are in awe of you’re fitness and service to your charities!! All the best today!


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 20, 2021

Auntie Liz xxx

Well done at the Great North, both of you!


Sep 20, 2021

Sue and Berni xx


Sep 12, 2021

Cath and Dave

So proud of your amazing commitment to turning up to run!


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 12, 2021


Grand work and keep it up!


plus £6.25 Gift Aid

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