Causeway run for Christopher

A 74-year-old from Wells in Somerset is to use the quest for a cure for Parkinson's as the reason for a first ever visit to Northern Ireland, where he will run the Causeway Coast
Christopher Bond.Christopher Bond.
Christopher Bond.

Challenge in honour of his late uncle.

Christopher Bond will head to the north coast on September 8 determined to complete a 12-mile run across the stunning cliff tops, footpaths and beaches of the course to raise money for the charity Parkinson’s UK.

Christopher said: “My uncle was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 20 years ago and died eight

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years later. A cure would be too late for him, but I was just so sad that others may face the

same issue that I felt I had to do something about it.

“We have seen cures developed for other conditions and I am determined in his memory to

do all I can to deliver one for Parkinson’s.

“Even though I am approaching 75 now, I am determined to use the time I have been given,

which was so cruelly denied to my uncle and others, to help. It was amazing but also a little

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distressing to see how the physical limitations did not affect his determination to try to lead a normal life.

“I have run at least twice a week consistently for the past 35 years or so, and helped to

found the Festival Run around the Glastonbury Festival site. I usually do around five miles,

so I am pushing myself to manage 12 miles, but I am sure I can do it.”

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Christopher has another link to the challenge location, which he only discovered recently. He

explains: “I am also really excited to be visiting Northern Ireland for the first time as I was in my 70s before I knew that I am myself Irish on my father’s side.”