Gary Shaughnessy's 2024 challenges

Our Chair Gary Shaughnessy was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2015. Every year he takes on multiple fundraising challenges and has raised over £600,000 for Parkinson’s UK and other charities close to his heart. Find out what he’s doing in 2024, how you can sponsor him, and find a challenge of your own.

Hadrian’s Wall to Hastings

Starting in Hexham on 26 May, Gary will cycle the 639 miles from Hadrian's Wall to Hastings in just 6 days. Along the way, he'll stop at Thirsk, Cleethorpes, Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth, and Maldon, before arriving in Hastings on 31 May. 

If you're local to any of the stops, we'd love you to join us to cheer Gary on. View Gary's cycle route on the Komoot website or email [email protected] for more details and timings.

2,025 miles for 2024

This year, Gary's will cover more than 2,025 miles across lots of different events.

One of his bigger challenges will see him join another committed Parkinson's runner to complete 10 marathons in 10 days, twice! Visit Gary's Facebook page to find out more and stay up to date on his progress.

Other exciting challenges for this year include:

  • 2 marathons with his sons, Michael and Daniel, in Prague and London
  • 3 days of kayaking in Lyn Tegid Lake in Wales, Lake Windermere in the Lake District, and Lock Awe in Scotland
  • a cycle through Norway to the Arctic Circle with a group of people with Parkinson's
  • the Westport Sea 2 Summit challenge in Ireland, a race involving running, cycling and climbing.

More events will be confirmed later this year.

Take on a challenge for Parkinson's UK

Fancy jumping out of a plane or running a marathon to raise money for Parkinson's UK? Whether you're a thrill seeker or you have an idea for your own fundraising event, there's something for everyone. Choose from the options below or go to our fundraising page for more inspiration.

A message from Gary

"I’d like to thank everyone for the wonderful support I have received while undertaking my challenges.

"I get to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s UK, poke Parkinson’s in the eye by beating expectations, and get across a message about the benefits of all exercise in managing Parkinson’s."

Sponsor Gary's 2024 challenges

Every pound you donate will go to Parkinson’s UK. The Z Zurich Foundation will also match fund your donation, meaning your gift will be doubled.