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Performer Ruth Wilson to run London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK

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Performer Ruth Wilson to run London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Ruth Wilson will run the TCS London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK on 21 April – almost 43 years to the day since her dad completed the first-ever event.

Best known for her roles in Luther, The Affair and His Dark Materials, Ruth will be running in honour of dad Nigel, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. She’ll be joined by her brothers Sam, Toby and Matt, and nephew Theo.

Between them, the family has already raised over £15,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Nigel was one of just 7,741 people who ran the first London Marathon in 1981, crossing the finish line in an impressive 3hrs 15mins.

Ruth Wilson:

“There’s zero chance of us getting anywhere near Dad’s time, but he will be in our hearts and driving us towards the finish line. While the London Marathon will be the toughest physical challenge of our lives, we’re determined to do everything we can to support Alzheimer’s Research UK and the amazing work they do. I’ve been astounded by people’s support for our fundraising. This run is for Dad, but also for anyone who has been through a similar journey with their loved-ones. Research is our best hope of overcoming dementia and we’re proud to play our part.”

If nothing changes, one in two people will be directly affected by dementia – either by developing the condition themselves, caring for someone with it, or both.

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, is determined to find a cure by investing in research to revolutionise the way the condition is treated, diagnosed and prevented.

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK:

“We’re delighted to have Ruth, her brothers and nephew joining our team of runners taking part in the TCS London Marathon to support our search for a cure. By taking part in this iconic event, they’ll not only raise vital funds for research in honour of Nigel, but also help shine a much-needed spotlight on dementia and the importance of research to tackle it. We wish all our runners the very best of luck on race-day. The charity and our fantastic volunteers will be out in force to cheer everyone on and ensure it’s a day to remember.”

To sponsor Ruth and her family, visit

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