Sisters to run at home of Downton Abbey

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City sisters, Lucy, 28 and Sally Carnall, 25 will take on the challenge of running 10k to raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK.

Parkinson’s UK Run Highclere will take place in the beautiful grounds of Highclere Castle in Newbury, Berkshire. The location is the home of the award-winning ITV1 series, Downton Abbey.

Parkinson’s UK is the support and research charity who are working to find a cure and improve the lives of the 127,000 people in the UK, who are living with Parkinson’s.

Lucy and Sally are running for their dad and nan who had Parkinson’s.

Lucy said: “Both my Dad, Keith and Nan, Lilly had Parkinson’s, so Sally and I decided to enter the run together in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

“It’s the first time l’ll be taking part in a run for Parkinson’s and I’ve been doing a lot of my training in the gym so far. When l do get the chance to train outside, we have a great set of paths to run on, including the Caldecotte Lake which is only 10 minutes away. I’ve found the training quite a challenge, but my boyfriend keeps reminding me why l am doing the run – to make a difference.

“We’re both really looking forward to it, as we have seen Downton Abbey and appreciate how stunning the Castle is. We also plan to make it into a ‘girls weekend’ by booking a spa day for the Sunday, which we hope will ease our aches and pains!”

Parkinson’s UK Run Highclere takes place on Sunday 29 April at 10.30am.

Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “I’m looking forward to the event and I hope that everyone will have a day to remember. Taking part in Run Highclere is a fantastic way to raise vital funds to support our work.

“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. But our work is totally dependent on donations.

“We are incredibly grateful to Lucy and Sally for their support.”

Runners are invited to run in fancy dress. Downton Abbey period costumes are especially welcome.

There is no minimum sponsorship required to take part, but runners are asked to aim to raise £100.

Parkinson’s UK Run Highclere is a flat road run and is licensed by UK Athletics (UKA). All runners will receive their own official race finish time – which is recorded using chip technology – an exclusive souvenir T-shirt and a finisher’s medal.

All runners must be aged 15 or over on the day. Under 18s must have parental permission to take part. To sign up for a place on the run visit:

www.parkinsons.org.uk/highclere or call the Events team on 020 7932 1328.

Run Highclere is just one of a number of Parkinson’s UK running events taking place this year. To find out more visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/running.