Hundreds of people raised more than £21,000 after running in honour of a Parkinson’s pioneer who died suddenly at the age of 49 earlier this year.

More than 150 supporters of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) took part in the 34th Ricky Road Run, in Rickmansworth and Chorleywood, on October 29 in tribute to the charity’s co-founder Tom Isaacs, from Croxley.

Determined to continue to support CPT in its search for a cure for Parkinson’s, thirty teams comprised of Tom’s friends and family embarked on the annual run.

Diagnosed at just 27, Tom raised more than £400,000 for Parkinson’s charities by completing various challenges such as walking the entire coastline of the UK in 2002 and 2003 - 4,500 miles overall.

He then went on to set up The Cure Parkinson's Trust in 2005, which focused on funding clinical trials and medical research to “slow, stop and reverse” the disease.

Lifelong friend and CPT executive trustee Will Cook said Tom would have “loved” seeing so many people getting involved in the run, particularly as the course passed his childhood home.

He said: "What a fantastic day. 150 runners sporting The Cure Parkinson’s Trust’s singlets took to the course on a fine autumnal day to run 10 miles around this beautiful yet challenging course.

“Tom Isaacs would have loved this: the course even passes his childhood home at 9.5 miles. We all also enjoyed the last 0.5 miles, which thankfully was downhill."

Sean Brew, a school friend who also took part in the run, added: "The course fittingly winds around Chorleywood where Tom was raised.

“Tom ran this event many times himself in the 1990’s and combined many of his loves – sport, local community and having a laugh with his mates."

To read more or to make a donation to the team, visit the CPT’s fundraising page at