Dementia charity launches new walking challenge in Cambridge

A group of happy hikers

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the Great Abingdon-based dementia research charity, has launched a new challenge in Cambridge for anyone who enjoys a hike in the great outdoors.

ARUK Explorer - Cambridge is a one day, 21-mile walk around the vibrant university city and surrounding idyllic countryside. The flat and picturesque route will start at 6.30am on Sunday 3 May on Jesus Green in the city centre, before following the river Cam out past Stourbridge Common and its bucolic grazing cows, through the gorgeous landscapes of Stow cum Quy to the first rest stop.

After a rest, intrepid hikers will continue on along the river at Little Wilbraham, pausing again before taking in the Gog Magogs, with their small and scenic inclines.

Having tackled one of Cambridge’s few “hills” another rest stop will be provided, before the route brings walkers back through the city via the world-renowned Backs taking in numerous iconic Cambridge locations including King’s College, before a last amble along the river footpath towards the Jesus Green finish.

A well-deserved hot meal and post-event celebration (complete with a glass of something fizzy) will await everyone finishing the hike, as well as an exclusive t-shirt and medal to mark their achievement.
One in two people know somebody affected by dementia, and unless we bring about life-changing preventions and treatments, one in three people born today will develop dementia in their lifetime. But dementia research is making progress, and with more support can make life-changing breakthroughs possible.

So the charity is inviting walkers to show their support by joining the event, which is being held in Cambridge for the first time. The registration fee is just £26, and participants are asked to raise £250 for Alzheimer’s Research UK to support their vital work.

Megan Ruddlesden, Sporting Events Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “I’m really excited about the launch of this brilliant challenge, and can’t wait to sign people up. Cambridge is a beautiful city, and the perfect setting for a scenic long walk in early May.

“As an added bonus, you can take pleasure in knowing that you are raising vital funds for life-changing dementia research.

“Through research, we will keep people connected to their families, their worlds and themselves for longer.”

Sign up for the ARUK Explorer – Cambridge hike

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Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. We fund innovative research with the power to transform lives, campaign for government action, and help people to understand dementia and the progress we’re making with research.

Our people are vital to our mission. Our pioneering spirit is reflected in the energy and drive of our staff – all of whom play a key role in helping realise our vision of a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

By working at Alzheimer’s Research UK, you will be part of an organisation that has been recognised nationally as an outstanding place to work. In 2020, we were listed 39th in the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For. We were also awarded a 2-star accreditation by Best Companies, recognising outstanding levels of workplace engagement and were listed in the 75 Best Companies to Work For in the East of England.

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