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Colten Care's Steve puts best foot forward for Alzheimer's Research

Race to the Stones for Alzheimer's Research

New Forest Colten Care manager's first ultramarathon to raise funds towards a cure for dementia - and he did it!

Steve Taylor, Director of Facilities at Ringwood-based Colten Care, plans to cover 100km in 13 hours to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Stop Press 14 July: Steve ran 100k and has raised £2,500 so far...

Steve completed the 100k run, raising £2,500 so far, and said: “The event was amazing, very well organised and with lots of support for the competitors. The heat and blazing sun dominated the day. For the most part temperatures didn't drop below 30 degrees but I dug in to the end and am very proud to have completed the 100k in such extreme conditions.”

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A few fun facts gathered via Steve’s Garmin smartwatch:

  • Mileage covered: 62.63 miles
  • Elevation climbed: 4,321 ft
  • Fluid/sweat loss: 11 litres
  • Calories burnt: 7,077
  • No. of steps: 125,555
  • No of hours on feet: 16hrs 23mins

And... the amount raised thus far is £2,493

Best foot forward for intrepid Steve

A senior manager at a Hampshire care home company is set to run his first ultramarathon in a bid to help find a cure for people living with dementia.  

Steve Taylor, Director of Facilities at Ringwood-based Colten Care, plans to cover 100km in 13 hours to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The 50-year-old will follow in the footsteps of travellers from 5,000 years ago by completing a westward route from Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire.

It includes the Wessex Downs and some of the Ridgeway, recognised as Britain’s oldest path with a history characterised by bronze age hill forts, neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings.

Steve will tackle the challenge, known as the Race to the Stones, along with fellow runners and walkers who decide in advance if they will do it in one day or two.

He has experience of long-distance running, including several half and full marathons, but has never attempted an ultramarathon before.

“It’s a huge challenge for me to do this in one day,” said Steve, a father of two girls. “It’s well outside my comfort zone and a big step up from marathon running.”

The challenge presents an elevation gain of 4,450 ft, something Steve has been preparing for in daily runs near his home in Liphook, Hampshire. His training schedule averages 40 to 60 miles a week off road, including in hilly terrain.

Steve said he is doing the ultramarathon for two reasons: “My mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two or three years ago, so it is a cause that is very close to home.

We know the impact dementia can have on people's lives

“And at Colten Care, we look after residents and families living with dementia every day of the week so we know the impact it can have on people’s lives.”

Steve’s JustGiving page has already attracted donations of nearly £2,300.

He added: “I’ve had great support from my family, Colten Care and our service partners and contractors. They’ve all been brilliant.

“I’ve also had the flexibility to be able to train at lunchtimes when I’ve been in the office in Ringwood as we have a regular running group.

“Being able to fit that in with my training schedule has been really welcome.” 

Matt Clarke, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Steve for taking on such a formidable challenge to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK! More than half of us know someone affected by dementia, and too many have first-hand experience with just how devastating the condition can be.

“We all have a role to play in bringing the world closer to a research breakthrough, and no amount of support is too small to make a difference. Please consider donating to Steve’s JustGiving page to celebrate his awe-inspiring efforts and help us bring an end to the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.”

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Find out more about Colten Care

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It owns 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Seven of the homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and Colten Care earns a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on such third-party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s highest-rated care home group for its size.

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

All homes are registered for nursing care and four are dedicated dementia care homes with Admiral Nurse support. Unlike people who receive domiciliary care in their own homes, residents in Colten Care homes have the reassurance that 24/7 nurse-led care with companionship is on hand whenever they need it. Residents live in the highest standards of accommodation, enjoying homecooked food, fresh laundry and housekeeping services, and safe, peaceful and inspiring gardens. Colten Care also supports residents to raise thousands of pounds for charities of their choice every year. Founded more than 35 years ago, Colten Care has won multiple awards for the quality of its care and remains an independent, family-owned care home provider. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk

Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three of which are in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House (Outstanding). There are also homes in Brockenhurst -Woodpeckers (Outstanding), New Milton - Kingfishers (Outstanding) and Mudeford - Avon Reach. Click on the links to find out more about each home... 

Colten Care home Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst
Colten Care home Linden House in Lymington
Colten Care home Kingfishers in New Milton
Colten Care home Court Lodge in Lymington
Colten Care home Belmore Lodge in Lymington
Colten Care home Avon Reach in Mudeford

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