Solihull couple run and row to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research UK - The Solihull Observer

Solihull couple run and row to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research UK

Emily Fish 8th May, 2017 Updated: 12th May, 2017   0

INSPIRED by her mother’s battle with young onset Alzheimer’s, Solihull woman Anna Wilson and her husband Toby have hit the fundraising trail.

The couple have raised £5,763 for Alzheimer’s Research UK by completing two tough endurance challenges and several fundraising events.

The endurance challenges saw Anna – a member of Knowle and Dorridge Running Club – taking on the London Marathon, while husband Toby paddled the length of the River Severn with his friend Richard Curtis.

Anna completed the Marathon in 4 hours 14 minutes, while Toby and Richard spent three days paddling the river in a traditional Canadian canoe – spending their nights sleeping on the river’s wild banks.

Anna previously ran the London Marathon last year – raising £6,094 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

She said: “It was a hot run and the second half was painful but the atmosphere in London was electric and the crowds get you through, I was pleased with a personal best and delighted to have completed it for this wonderful charity”.

Toby added: “This was the toughest challenge I’ve ever completed, the weather was kind but we were pushed to our limits – but it is all worth it when you see the money coming in.

The couple are already planning their next challenge – soon to be revealed.

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