Redditch fundraiser running 100 miles around Arrow Valley Lake in memory of mum - The Redditch Standard

Redditch fundraiser running 100 miles around Arrow Valley Lake in memory of mum

Redditch Editorial 16th Jun, 2024   0

A REDDITCH-born footballer is running 100 miles around Arrow Valley Lake to raise awareness of dementia.

Jordan Adams will embark on his latest challenge on Saturday July 6, aiming to finish his run in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He is setting off at 9am and inviting regular park runners to join him.

He said: “We hope we can get as many people as possible out on the day.

‘Runners of all abilities can join in with some of the laps, or even just to cheer us on.”

The Pershore Town skipper has run a virtual marathon during lockdown and the London Marathon twice for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

His second marathon was part of a huge seven marathons in seven days challenge where Jordan ran 26.2miles each day from their hometown of Redditch to the capital.

It’s a cause close to home for the family after mum Geraldine’s six-year fight with Fronto-Temporal Dementia (FTD).

After months of back and forth with different GPs and consultants, an incorrect diagnosis’ of depression and different mental health issues including a silent stroke, Geraldine was finally diagnosed in 2010.

At the time of her diagnosis, Jordan was 15, his brother Cian was nine and his older sister Kennedy was 17.

Sadly, on March 14, 2016, at the age of 52, Geraldine passed away peacefully at the family home.

Jordan said: “She was the type of lady who you could not help but notice when she walked into a room

“She was always ready to talk to absolutely anybody and light up your day with her beautiful smile.”

After her death, the siblings discovered Kennedy did not have the faulty MAPT gene, enabling her to start a family.

However Jordan and Cian have both discovered they share the same faulty gene as their mum. This means they will live with FTD in their lifetime.

Jordan often describes his diagnosis as a ‘licence to live’ and the ‘FTD Brothers’ have raised more than £30,000 over five years.

Jordan and Cian will embark on their longest fundraising challenge later in the year when they run from John O’Groats to Land’s End in just 31 days.

The 825-mile challenge will be undertaken from September 1 to October 1.

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