Alan Oliver’s Bournemouth Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society

Alan Oliver’s Bournemouth Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society

Having seen first hand the devastating effects Alzheimers can have, Alan Oliver was inspired to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Society (a Premier Affiliate Charity of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival) – and in a big way. 

Alan has already taken part in eight ultra challenge events, and not wanting to lose momentum, then entered the Bournemouth Marathon on 6th October. Alan’s mum Irene sadly passed away at the age of 69 after being diagnosed with Alzheimers in her late 50s, and it was this that inspired his epic challenge.

Alan said: “(Alzheimers) not only affects the individual but their family and friends who see the person they knew change forever and in my case watch my mum fade away to nothing over a period of years. It started with just not being able to find the odd word to express herself, then moved on to forgetfulness until she ended up in a care home, existing rather than living. She went from a person who loved life and was full of joy to a shell who could not communicate.”

With a sub 4 hour time the target in Bournemouth, Alan is ready to embrace the pain: “I want to push the boundaries to raise money to help end this terrible disease. I know I will suffer but when I feel like quitting, I will just think that the pain I am going through is nothing to the suffering she must have gone through.”

Alan has raised well over £3,000 already and looks on track to surpass his £5,000 target for the fundraising campaign. You can read more and donate via his JustGiving page here.

Why not sign up to run for Alzheimer’s Society, or one of over 300 affiliate charities at this year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival?

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Winter running tips
Winter running tips

Top 5 Tips for Winter Running

There’s no denying there’s been a definite shift in temperature recently, autumn is here and winter is definitely on it’s way. Here are our top 5 tips for training during this nippy time of year:

1. Make a Plan
Make plans to meet someone for a run, then there’s no backing out if you’re not quite in the mood for it. Making plans will help you to get motivated and stay on track throughout the winter.

2. Dress for the conditions
The general rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer. You want to be warm but not overheating when you run. 10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms. 0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops (fleece for the cold-prone) and a jacket. Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, extra pair of gloves, 1 scarf wrapped around mouth or a balaclava.

3. Gone with the wind
Wind is brutal when running, especially in Scotland! Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back, so the breeze doesn’t blast you after you’ve broken a sweat. To avoid a long, biting slog, you can break this into segments, running into the wind for about 10 minutes, turning around to run with the wind at your back for five minutes, and repeating.

4. Old habits die hard
Traditionally a morning runner? Why not try a lunchtime run instead when the temperatures are a bit warmer? Alternatively, try running twice a day, in the morning and in the evening – it’s better than doing one long run where you might get very cold toward the end.

5. Winter sun
If all else fails, book a flight and head somewhere warm for your Vitamin D fix!

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