Running helped me to cope with the heartbreak of what was happening to my dad

By 29th April 2021

Katie, 49, ran TWO virtual marathons in 2020, the first in April on the date that the original London Marathon should have taken place and the second on the “official” virtual London Marathon date in October. She runs and fundraises in honour of her father, Ceri Peach, who had Alzheimer’s disease and died in 2018.

“Running helped me to cope with the heartbreak of what was happening to my dad. I run to raise awareness of this terrible condition and to raise much-needed funds for research, so other families don’t have to go through the heartache of dementia like mine has.”

Katie was inspired to run a marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2020 after joining the charity’s 2019 cheer squad. She says: “I came back from London that day and said: I wonder if I could do the marathon. My eldest son laughed at me, and because of that I thought – I’m going to do it!”

“I just wanted to do something in my father’s memory, and make a difference. Because Dad was a researcher we thought, as a family, that’s the best thing to support in terms of raising awareness and funds.”

About Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. We believe in the power of research to change the future.

1 in 3 people born today will develop dementia in their lifetime unless new treatments are found. But due to COVID-19, we are predicting a drop in income of up to 35% this year, affecting our ability to fund new research. That is why we need your support, now more than ever.

Our vision is a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia and with your support we can continue to bring about life-changing preventions and treatments for our future generations. Join the team

Run for #TeamARUK

Join #TeamARUK today and run to make a difference at the Brighton Marathon this September!

If you choose to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Research UK, every mile you run can help our scientists achieve incredible research breakthroughs that can change the lives of people living with dementia and their families.

Here is what Katie had to say about being a member of #TeamARUK:

“From that first wonderful phone call offering me a charity place, all the way through training and up to the marathon itself, the Alzheimer’s Research UK team is a source of incredible support.

“The Facebook group introduces you to a whole host of other runners – all with the same goal; and each with their own personal reasons for running for Alzheimer’s Research UK.  The camaraderie is very strong and the charity’s support team are always quick to answer questions on both running and dementia.

“It’s a wonderful charity to run for and I plan to continue to support Alzheimer’s Research UK for many years ahead!”


As a member of #TeamARUK you will receive:

  • A dedicated fundraising team to offer help and support.
  • A fundraising pack bursting with hints and tips.
  • A free Alzheimer’s Research UK running vest or technical t-shirt.
  • Access to fundraising materials, cheer packs for friends and family, and more.

You can join #TeamARUK here –

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