On Sunday 9th July was the British 10K, the morning where the centre of London is shut down for one big running-themed street party! And for OCD Action it was one of the absolute highlights of the year for fundraising! There were eight wonderful fundraisers running for OCD Action, and all of them did amazingly well despite the blazing heat. There was an amazing atmosphere on the day, as our staff and volunteers turned up to cheer the incredible people on.
First to finish was Andrew Daniell. This wasn't Andrew's first rodeo: an experienced runner, he has even done fundraising events for this very charity. He did stunningly well though, getting a time of 49 minutes 50 seconds! He also did super well with his fundraising, raising an impressive £232.50.
Very pleased, although tarmac not as smooth as I remember! But great fun.
Next up were the amazing David Goldstone and Martin Unerman. This event was highly personal for David, as he was running to raise awareness of OCD on behalf of his daughter, who lives with the disorder and is currently receiving specialist treatment. David is a highly supportive volunteer already, working with the Even Better Together team on facilitating a new support group. He brought the same tireless energy to his fundraising, raising an incredible amount for OCD Action. David and Martin finished in a brilliant 1 hour 9 minutes and 38 seconds -- all this despite David having a foot injury, and the two of them stopping to take a picture with the OCD Action team (below: Martin is top left, David is second from left).
While David and Martin are London residents, they were running as part of a team called Team Cromer. This team was led by OCD Action's Groups and Communities Manager Keira Bartlett, along with her son Kye Bartlett-Wilson and her partner Stuart Murtha. Keira was absolutely dreading the run, as she hadn't done any training beforehand, but with the support of Kye and Stu managed to not only finish, but finish in 1 hour 22 minutes 45 seconds! (below from left: Stu, Keira and Kye)
An amazing effort by all the team.... David, Martin, Kye, Stu and Keira! We all made it in one piece (and in good times) albeit very very hot and achy! Thank you to each and every one of you for your support, messages and donations - you guys rock!
Overall, Team Cromer raised an absolutely mindblowing £2442.19 for OCD Action. Thank you all so much!
We're far from done, however! Teacher Malcolm McMinn also took on the British 10K. Malcolm had never taken on a run of this length before, but run he did and all in the same of supporting OCD Action. He had a fantastic time and was glad to raise money for what he sees as a very worthwhile cause. He finished in a brilliant 1 hour 23 minutes 43 seconds, and raised an excellent £157.50 for the charity!
Capping things off, also running in the British 10K was Youth Action Panel Chair, media star and general awareness raising legend Richard Taylor. Rich has always hated running, so taking on this event was a big deal for him. And he did us proud, finishing in an impressive 1 hour 25 minutes 29 seconds - a wonderful achievement!
I'm so proud of myself! To be able to push myself physically and mentally in aid of such a personal and worthwhile charity was a painful yet pleasurable experience! The atmosphere was electric, the weather (albeit hot to run in) was wonderful and the people cheering us on all the way were a sight for sore eyes!
It paid off, with Rich raising a marvellous £408.75 for OCD Action - with more still to come from offline donations!
It was a wonderful day, and we are hugely grateful to all of our amazing runners to all they've done to support our work and raise awareness. The grand total of donations raised through the event so far is... wait for it... £3240.94! That total is going to help a lot of people with OCD to get the vital support they need. So Rich, Malcolm, Stu, Kye, Keira, Martin, David and Andrew... thank you all so much, and congratulations!
Inspired by what you've read? It's not too late to donate! Donate to any of our wonderful fundraisers by checking out their JustGiving pages:
Interested in getting involved in the British 10K for next year? We once again have 6 places available, so just get in touch with our Lead Fundraiser, Charlie, at firstname.lastname@example.org!