Cookstown man celebrates 60th birthday by running 60 miles

Cookstown Athlete Joe Curry, who plans to run the London Marathon in aid of Alzheimers. INMM0714-155ar.

Cookstown Athlete Joe Curry, who plans to run the London Marathon in aid of Alzheimers. INMM0714-155ar.

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Most people would be content to take things easy on their birthday but not Cookstown man Joe Curry who has decided to run an incredible 60 miles when he turns 60.

The run is scheduled to leave Magherafelt on Saturday, January 30, and head to Cookstown, before going on to Omagh and returning to Cookstown again - a total of 60 miles.

Veteran athlete Joe reckons the run will take 12 hours to complete and he is aiming to raise more than £5,000 for Alzheimer’s Society - a charity he has raised funds for in the past.

The run will start at midnight (January 29) and, if everything goes according to plan, finish around midday in Cookstown.

Joe came up with the idea and volunteered to undertake the challenge because of personal knowledge of the devastating disease.

“I decided to take part in this challenge for Alzheimer’s Society because I have experienced the affect of dementia on a loved one and the whole family circle when my father-in-law developed the disease,” he explains.

“My daughter works in a Care Home and cares for many residents who have dementia, so I would like to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society to help this charity continue to support people affected by this disease.”

Joe will be drawing on his years of marathon running and racing competitively for Sperrin Harriers.

“It’s great to think that I will be raising funds to help support people to live well with dementia and to fund research to one day find a cure for dementia.”

Moira Shaw, Mid Ulster Area community fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society, said it was a massive undertaking by Joe.

“It’s great that Joe is giving some of his birthday celebration time to benefit the Alzheimer’s Society,” she said.

“One in three people over 65 will develop dementia. It is more than just memory loss, it robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families and loved ones.”

If you would like to help Joe, sponsorship cards are now available by contacting him on 028 86764663 or 07867302839.