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7 Jul

Maurice Taking The Fight To Dementia

Scottish runner Maurice Donohue is closing in on completing his challenge to run 10k every day for the past year. The West Dunbartonshire resident has received great support for his ‘Run with Maurice’ project, urging people across the globe to put on their running shoes and fight dementia together. 

Maurice will complete his 365th successive 10k on Wednesday 26 July bringing his distance covered to 2644 miles while working his way through five pairs of running shoes.

The project has attracted support from three-time Formula One champion Sir Jackie Stewart along with 1970 Commonwealth Games 10,000 metre gold medal winner Lachie Stewart. After completing his incredible test of endurance Maurice will turn his focus on to a further challenge – completing the remaining 17 of his 27 half marathon challenge.

“We have almost completed the first phase, the 10Ks have been really good and it’s been great engaging with the public too. I haven’t really thought of the scale of what we’ve done – before doing this I hadn’t even done seven days in succession,” Maurice explained.

“So far I’ve not suffered any injuries, which obviously is crucial to the challenge being a success, there was a few days in the winter where there was heavy snow and bad ice, Vale of Leven Academy generously let me use the treadmill for my 10k before the pupils arrived at school – I couldn’t let some bad weather spoil all the hard work.

“We are encouraging people to be active, a recent study showed one in three people in the UK are affected in some

“Sir Jackie is obviously an incredibly high profile character and has amazing contacts on which he can draw upon. He also has his own dementia charity, where the aim is to finally find a cure for this terrible disease.

“At the conclusions of the 10k runs, I will be taking part in 17 half-marathons including the Great North and Great Scottish Runs – I’m really looking forward to the next stage in the ‘Run With Maurice’ challenge.”