I have now been been a regular runner since the year 2000. In that year I spent a month’s sabbatical in Chicago, USA and took this opportunity away from his regular routine to establish a new healthier, more active lifestyle. Before this I had been quite sedentary and it took the full month of after-work running sessions with work colleagues for me to enjoy running, something I used to really like as a teenager. Ever since I have been running regularly and taking part in organised runs such as the City2Surf and MS fun runs.
Running in the NeuRA Big Run will definitely be my biggest challenge to date – nearly a full marathon in all, thankfully broken down into manageable stages. In taking part in the Big Run, I’ll be raising money for fall prevention research at NeuRA.
Falls affect over one third of older people and can have devastating effects on mobility, independence and quality of life. Falls lead to broken bones including hip fractures and head injuries and are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalisation and death in older age.
Funds raised will be used to fund scholarships for young researchers in the NeuRA Falls and Balance research Group. In this way the money raised can be directed at developing solid evidence for effective fall prevention programs and also for training the next generation of fall prevention researchers.