Richard Bazeley is taking on one of the toughest running challenges in the world to help raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Since its inception in 1999, the Great Wall Marathon in China has become revered as one of the toughest events, with 5,164 steps to climb at 4,000 feet above sea level in a hot climate.
The 33-year-old member of Vale of Aylesbury AC has run the London Marathon three times, with a best of 3:03:57, but the Buckinghamshire parkrun ambassador has never completed such an arduous race before. With 1,000 steps at mile 21 only a marathon in the desert or the Antarctic is deemed to be harder.
Richard won the opportunity to take part after entering a competition on the back of a drinks carton, where entrants were invited to submit their ultimate bucket list adventure. He is running in memory of his grandmother, Irene, who sadly passed away with dementia last year. Richard hopes to raise £5,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
Richard said: “I’ve dreamed of doing this race for a long time but the costs were always too high, so I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity with the chance to raise money for vital dementia research. I’m doing this for my amazing grandmother, who is missed by all the family”.
Kenneth Foreman, Sporting Events Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: ”We couldn’t be more grateful to Richard for the lengths he is going to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. We wish him the best of luck for the Great Wall Marathon”.
Richard will set off for his adventure on 18 May before the race on 21 May. To donate go to his fund raising page