On March 4th 2022 British Adventurer Louis Alexander completed his challenge of running 17 marathons in 17 consecutive days to represent the 17 years his grandfather lived with Dementia. Starting at Chatsworth Grange Care Home in Sheffield, where his Grandad spent his final years, Louis covered over 400 gruelling miles across several UK cities including London, Cardiff, York, and even the University of Bath’s very own tracks on his 8th marathon.
Louis, 22 years old, is an adventurer and endurance athlete who embarks on extreme challenges in support of important causes. From ultra-marathons to mountains, at a young age he has already achieved several impressive achievements and has received public support from numerous highly respected figures in the adventure world, including the living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
At only 58 years old, Louis’ Grandfather, Captain Rick Taylor, was diagnosed with Dementia. An explorer and adventurer himself, he served all around the world during his 38 years in the British Army, fighting against some of the most dangerous forces. However, it was the battle against Dementia which sadly ended his life in 2019, after 17 years of suffering. On his just giving page and personal website, Louis explains that his Grandfather is the inspiration behind his lifestyle. At his funeral, Louis made a promise in front of his family and friends that he would support Alzheimer’s Research UK with one challenge a year for the rest of his life or until a cure for Dementia is found. “I had the privilege of speaking at his funeral and made the promise to family and friends to never give up on the fight for a cure, and to support Alzheimer’s Research UK with one event every year until the day we beat Dementia together. I will not break that promise.”
Since starting to support Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2018, his endeavours so far have included climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, completing 20 challenges in 2020 and a 100km ultra marathon. Louis has so far achieved 1 world first and to date has raised over £32,000 for charity.
Patrons for Louis’ challenge include Sir Chris Bonington, Robert Swan OBE, Ash Dykes & Sean Conway. Rob Swan OBE, the first man to walk to both poles, said “I’m proud to see the young generation of adventurers such as Louis Alexander continue to fly the flag for British adventure. I wish him all the best on this incredible challenge in support of finding a cure for Dementia”.
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