E.ON employee runs self-designed marathon course to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society
My own mother suffered with dementia and I chose to support Alzheimer’s Society to help fund the incredible work that it does on a daily basis. I initially thought about trying to cover the marathon distance in stages over a period of weeks, but eventually decided to really push myself and run it all in one go.
Fifty-five year-old Paul Allen, who works in E.ON’s marketing team based at its Annesley office, is counting up the sponsorship pounds after successfully completing his own 26.2 mile course around Sherwood Forest in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, E.ON’s official charity partner.
Paul, who only took up running a couple of years ago, came up with the idea to prove that it is possible to run through each of the surviving woods making up old Sherwood Forest by also taking in a few link roads. He began his marathon with a run around Clumber Lake and finished up a little under seven hours later at Burntstump, raising over £1,400 in the process.
Alzheimer’s Society was chosen as E.ON’s official charity partner by colleague vote in 2016, and Paul, who first started working for the energy company in 1999, was keen to come up with his own personal challenge to raise funds.
Paul said: “My own mother suffered with dementia and I chose to support Alzheimer’s Society to help fund the incredible work that it does on a daily basis. I initially thought about trying to cover the marathon distance in stages over a period of weeks, but eventually decided to really push myself and run it all in one go.
“There were definitely times during training when I didn’t think it would be possible as I was struggling with health issues and motivation, especially as the furthest I’d ever run before was 17 miles. However, the amazing support I received from my colleagues and my personal trainer, Ben Middleton of Benefit Personal Training, gave me strength and motivation. Ben was so supportive and not only coordinated my training but actually ran the marathon with me as well.”
Pippa Foster, Alzheimer’s Society Operations Manager for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, said: “It’s wonderful to see people create and conquer their own personal challenges when choosing to fundraise for us. We truly value Paul’s marathon effort and are very appreciative of all of E.ON’s support.”
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