PEOPLE around the world will attempt to create the world’s largest remote three-legged challenge for Parkinson’s UK – and there’s still time to get involved!
This exciting event will see friends and family pick a partner from within their household or support bubble, don a leg tie and race at least 200m, wherever they are.
The Three-Legged Challenge on 17-18 October aims to raise vital awareness of Parkinson’s, which affects around 145,000 people in the UK alone and is the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world.
The idea for the challenge began with Gary Shaughnessy, chair of the Board of Trustees at Parkinson’s UK. Gary himself was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015.
“Those who know me will know that I have never let my Parkinson’s hold me back. In fact, it’s spurred me on to do more, setting myself bigger and better challenges each year, from cycle rides to marathons.
“This Three-Legged Challenge is a fantastic event to get involved in. Getting Parkinson’s better understood is hugely important, and I hope this will also inspire others to take on their own fundraising challenges in the future so we can develop better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s.”
Gary has previously raised thousands of pounds for Parkinson’s UK, including a 1,340km bike ride from Zurich in Switzerland to his home in the UK last year.
This year, Gary and his friend Andy Tucker had planned a trio of fundraising challenges over 24 hours in May, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, these could not go ahead as originally planned.
However, the pair didn’t let that stop them. They decided to champion an attempt to create the world’s largest remote three-legged race, which needs 768 pairs.
Not only that, but the duo will be doing their own three-legged run challenge over 24 hours with a mannequin tied between them – ensuring that they stay socially distanced.
Participants in the Three-Legged Challenge can start at any time on 17-18 October and should comply with local social distancing guidelines. You can tackle 200m or challenge yourself to go even further – the choice is yours.
The event has already had participants sign up from all over the world, including Argentina, Japan, USA, Spain, France and Turkey.
Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK, said:
“Gary’s determination to improve the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson’s is inspiring. Whether it’s through incredible fundraising challenges or his efforts as chair of our Board of Trustees, Gary continues to be a passionate advocate for the Parkinson’s community.
“We are incredibly grateful to him for championing this exciting event to help raise awareness of Parkinson’s. There are over a million people in the UK affected by the condition, either by living with Parkinson’s themselves, or as a family member, friend or carer of someone who is, but sadly it remains a much-misunderstood condition. Getting Parkinson’s better understood is vital if we are to accelerate breakthroughs in research, as well as support those affected by the condition.
“We want to say thank you to Gary and best of luck with the challenge.”
To sign up to the challenge visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/events/three-legged-challenge