Last Wednesday evening, in excess of 5000 exercise enthusiasts turned up at Grand Canal Quay in Dublin to take part in the Run In The Dark event. Of these, a small group wearing orange t-shirts and numbering around 30 limbered up on the pavement a short distance from the start line. These were the fantastic souls who were doing the race in aid of Move4Parkinson’s. Some of them had even travelled from abroad to show their support for people with Parkinson’s! So to all of them, I extend a massive thank you
The weather was dry and the dark evening was illuminated by 5000+ people wearing flashing red light armbands. As the crowd congregated together on Benson Street, you could feel the anticipation gather momentum as everyone took their start position. The start of the race was delayed by about 20 minutes but that didn’t dampen the overall spirit. Eventually, at about 7.50pm we set off. We were near the back of the starting pack as we didn’t want to get in the way of all the hardcore runners at the front. As we walked down the quays, there was a fantastic sight on the opposite quays of flashing red lights making their way along by the river. As we made our way around the route, our group got smaller as different people walked / ran at different paces. But we had arranged to meet up afterwards to congratulate each other on our achievements. There was a great atmosphere during the event and it was a fun and enjoyable way to exercise.
Exercise is so important for People with Parkinson’s and it was great to see the 30 or so people flying the exercise flag on behalf of Move4Parkinson’s. It really was a wonderful evening and once again, I would just like to extend a very big thank you to all who took part in the Run In The Dark event on our behalf, especially those with Parkinson’s. It was so inspiring to see people with Parkinson’s challenge themselves in a positive way that really benefits their health. Despite the daily challenges of living with Parkinson’s, these inspirational people showed us what can be achieved when you empower yourself. I would also like to say a special congratulations to Andrew, who (having Parkinson’s) ran his first ever 5K run in a time of 28 minutes, 48 seconds. Your support means a lot to us and the money that was raised through sponsorship will go a long way to helping those affected by Parkinson’s.