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
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
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
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.”
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.”