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Alex Flynn is a member at Park Club Milton and is taking part in this years Primal Quest.  Please take a moment to read his latest press release.

PRESS RELEASE 20.08.18

My fight against Parkinson’s Disease

Alex Flynn, 46 from Wantage, Oxfordshire will be taking part in this year’s Primal Quest (www.primalquest.co.nz). Primal Quest is an adventure race that has been called one of the most difficult athletic events in the world. The 8th Edition event will be set in the Sea to Sky corridor of British Columbia, Canada from 6 – 13 September. 

The race will traverse the exceptionally beautiful and challenging Mountains and terrain; including mountain bike, trek, kayak, mountaineer and climb to complete the 300km Added to this mix is the fact Alex has Parkinson’s disease.

Alex was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 36. Since his diagnosis he has taken part in marathons, triathlon and ultra-marathons worldwide, seeing him complete his goal of running 10 million metres; raising money for research into the disease and more importantly raising awareness.

Alex said, ‘I’m really excited and honoured to announce that I’ve accepted an invitation to be part of a team lead by five times world champion adventure racer, Mike Kloser. Together the four team members will be undertaking the Primal Quest Pursuit Race.

I’ll be racing to raise awareness of and funds for Parkinson‘s research in conjunction with Parkinson‘s UK, the second-biggest Parkinson‘s charity in the world. 

It has been 10 years since my Little finger trembled uncontrollably as I picked up my cup of coffee and in doing so it changed my life.

The disease makes things challenging. However, everyone who knows me is aware that I rise to a challenge. The race will be tough but I can do this irrespective of my disease. I hope to inspire others and to prove that life doesn’t end with diagnosis and we can all meet our challenges head-on. In a world of perpetual change, we have no option but to fight this disease the best we can.

I’d like to raise as much money as I can as I believe firmly that the research programs funded by Parkinson‘s UK are of utmost importance.

There are millions of people with this horrific, debilitating, neurological condition worldwide, and there is currently no cure. This is a disease that robs the sufferer of the ability to move, imprisoning them in their own body; effectively preventing them from enjoying the things that most take for granted. What’s more, people ignore Parkinson’s as they believe that it only affects the old. The truth is, it affects all; from children to the elderly.

Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone. For people with Parkinson’s disease, exercise is more than healthy - it is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and activities of daily living. Exercise and physical activity can improve many symptoms. These benefits are supported by research.

For more information visit www.alexflynn.co.uk or donate www.justgiving.com/alexflynnpq18.www.facebook.com/10MillionMetres/       
www.parkinsons.org.uk
Twitter: @AlexFlynn01
Contact: (07495 505562)

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