The first-ever #Brainathlon is in full swing! The virtual walk, run and climb event is a collaboration between three leading neuro charities – Epilepsy Research UK, Brain Research UK and Brain Tumour Research – and the collective fundraising and enthusiasm has been phenomenal so far.

#Brainathlon week runs from 19th to the 25th of April and neuro research supporters across the country have already been sharing their photos as they take on the 10-mile walk, 15-mile run, and 1.2-mile climb needed to complete the event. Competitors who successfully finish all parts of the challenge and raise a minimum of £100 will receive a specially commissioned #Brainathlon medal (and our endless respect!).

Richard is taking on the #Brainathlon in for his son Jasper, who lives with epilepsy:

“Seizures are so much more common than people think, so it’s shocking how underfunded epilepsy research is. We have had amazing medical support throughout, but if I’m honest, I don’t feel the side effects of these drugs are taken as seriously as they should be. For too many people, Jasper included, seizure control can only come if you accept utterly debilitating side effects. We urgently need more targeted treatments, and that can only happen with research.”

Amanda and John are supporting neuro research with the #Brainathlon for their son Archer:

“Since our son was diagnosed with epilepsy in October last year, aged just 8 weeks, we have become aware of what a complex area neurology is. Research is vital to develop new medications and increase understanding of the condition. With more research, our son and many others could continue to live their lives as uninterrupted as possible by their epilepsy.”

Read why people all over the UK are taking on the Brainathlon this week and support their efforts here.