The British 10K on 9th July is one of the most iconic running events in the country. The unique event, which combines the thrill of a 10K run with the buzzing atmosphere of a British street party, has been going for 17 years. Union Flags will be flying, live music will be playing and there will be a generally bustling party atmosphere as the brave runners dash past Trafalgar Square, the Embankment, Big Ben and all the best landmarks of Westminster.
It's also going to be a huge day for OCD Action, as this year there will be 9 wonderful people taking part in the event for the charity!
Check out the amazing stories of the people running in this event:
Led by our amazing Groups and Communities Manager Keira Bartlett, this gang are so committed that they are coming all the way from Norfolk to don their OCD Action t-shirts and run the British 10K! Also joining her will be her son Kye Bartlett-Wilson and her partner Stuart Murtha.
Also in this team are David Goldstone and friend Martin Unerman. These fabulous runners don't live in Cromer, but decided to join the Cromer team due to being inspired by the great work of OCD Action's support groups.
My daughter suffers from severe OCD and is receiving treatment at a specialist hospital. OCD Action have been a lifeline to my family though the support groups they run as well as their advocacy service. I want to raise money to help them continue to provide their much needed and essential services.
Best of luck to all of this amazing team!
Rich has a long history of tireless work to raise awareness of OCD. Currently the Chair of our Youth Action Panel, he is (under the name RichBiscuit) a popular blogger, mental health advocate and star of last year's Channel 5 documentary Me...& My Mental Illness. Last year he took on the mammoth challenge of the Tough Mudder (pictured below, second from right), which was a big step for him as it forced him to confront some of his worst OCD-related fears, and he raised an incredible £604.76 in the process. So this year he thought he'd try something different by taking on this 10K!
This year, I am taking part in something a little less physically and mentally taxing but something that will still be a struggle. For those of you that don't know me, I'll let you in on a little secret. I absolutely despise running. I couldn't think of anything worse to be doing with your time than mindlessly running for miles on end as you slowly start to feel the aches and pains and strains creeping in. So I really don't know what I was thinking when I agreed to do the British 10k in Westminster but all I know is that I want to raise as much as I can again for OCD Action.
Andrew has fundraised for us before, taking part in the ASICS 10K all the way back in 2008. But he hasn't stopped there, so is now taking on the British 10K to raise awareness of OCD and donations to help people living with the condition.
After suffering from OCD for many years and then finding help and recovering from the condition, I want to do everything I can to help others do the same.
Andrew has a long history of running, and has recently completed the St Albans Half Marathon. Usually running in the country, he's looking forward to the smooth tarmac of London roads!
Schoolteacher Malcolm McMinn is taking on the challenge of this 10K -- despite the fact that he's never run this distance before! That's quite the task, but we're sure that Malcolm will absolutely smash it.
I would like to run to challenge myself and run for and raise money for this important charity.
We wish the absolute very best of luck to Keira, Kye, Stu, David, Martin, Rich, Andrew and Malcolm. Thank you all so much for your amazing work, and we can't wait to cheer you on on the day!
Interested in fundraising, and doing an event like the British 10K? Just get in touch with our Lead Fundraiser, Charlie, at firstname.lastname@example.org