Gruelling race for Alzheimer’s charity

Lee Moat and James ANL-151118-102257001
Lee Moat and James ANL-151118-102257001

A Soham man is set to take part in a gruelling obstacle race this weekend to help research into dementia after his mother was diagnosed two years ago when she was just 58.

James Hall, 33, will take part in the military-style event in honour of his mum Anne, who has frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK and will be joined in the challenge by his friend Lee Moat, from Red Lodge.

The 10k event takes place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and is the last leg of this year’s Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest series.

Participants will be pushed to the limit through a series of obstacles including icy water baths and slippery mud runs.

“At first Mum was diagnosed with depression and it seemed like a logical explanation but the medication didn’t change her symptoms,” said James.

“Her fear of going outside went on throughout my teenage years and my twenties and then in 2012, the day before Christmas Eve, she was unable to walk; it was like she had forgotten how to use her legs.”

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