Neil Russell will be running from London to Barcelona to raise money for Cure Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s UK.

Neil, from Bourton-on-the-Water, is aiming to run over 970 miles in just over five weeks and hopes to arrive in Barcelona in time for the World Parkinson Congress on Tuesday 4 July.

The father-of-two was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2018 and is determined to not let the condition define him. Neil decided to complete this challenge after running from John O’Groats to Land’s End last year, raising over £11,000 for both charities. Neil said:

Through the challenge I want to show people that if you have Parkinson’s, you can still keep active and do amazing things. I know that not everyone can or will want to run almost 1,000 miles, but I hope to inspire at least one person to get active, whether that’s going for a brisk walk, or a short swim –  whatever you enjoy and is within your limits.”

Neil Russell

Neil will begin his epic challenge on Thursday 25 May, setting off from Hanover Square, London. He will head down to Portsmouth before getting the ferry to Caen and running through France, over the Pyrenees, before finishing in Barcelona for the World Parkinson Congress.

Annabel Tompkins, Head of Public Fundraising at Cure Parkinson’s, said:

Neil is truly inspirational, not just in his determination to complete such a demanding challenge but in the way he is rallying to raise both funds and awareness of the condition.”

Annabel Tompkins

Neil’s London to Barcelona challenge has been made possible thanks to sponsorship from Imagine Cruising.

To sponsor Neil and find out more about his challenge visit his website.

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