Julie is running for a Bright-er future

PUBLISHED: 18:30 06 April 2015

Dunkeswell resident, Julie Morris, gets her running shoes out for the Brighton marathon which she will be running in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK. Ref mhh 2249-14-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Dunkeswell resident, Julie Morris, gets her running shoes out for the Brighton marathon which she will be running in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK. Ref mhh 2249-14-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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The mum-of-three is also running the Brighton Marathon as a tribute to her father, Jack.

A Dunkeswell mum-of-three will be taking on this year’s Brighton Marathon next month to raise funds for research into Alzheimer’s.

Julie Morris, will also be running the 26.2 mile-long race in memory of her father, Jack.

Jack died in 2007 from the illness, prompting the pair to start training for the gruelling marathon, which takes place on Sunday, April 12.

Sunny Bank resident Julie said she is nervous about the challenge, despite being a keen runner since she randomly took up the hobby one day.

“I was having a bad day and I took up running completely randomly,” the 46-year-old Hospiscare worker said.

“I have entered a couple of small races, but in the end decided to do something bigger in memory of my dad.”

Julie has undertaken some exhaustive training, from running before work and at night, to pushing her body in extreme weather.

“I have also signed up for the Race to the Stones, a 62-mile ‘ultra marathon’ in July, to raise money for research into the illness,” she added.

“This cause, which is so worthy, is still grossly underfunded in comparison to some of the bigger more well-understood diseases.

Julie added: “£20 can buy an hour of research into understanding the disease, £250 will pay for genetic testing and £500 will pay for a brain scan to track dementia and isolate it, stopping it in its tracks.”

Julie was meant to run the marathon with her son Stephen, but he had to pull out through injury.

To sponsor Julie’s run, visit her online fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/Julie-Morris16

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