Here's the latest story of one of our fantastic fundraisers: Stuart Hines-Randle!
Stuart was inspired to run this 10K by his daughter, Laura, who lives with OCD and works hard to raise awareness of the condition. Stuart has recently had spinal surgery and was faced with a need to get fitter, so he decided to use this opportunity to fundraise for OCD Action by taking on the Birmingham 10K! On Sunday 6th May he donned an OCD Action t-shirt and took to the streets of Birmingham in this epic run.
And he did an incredible job! Stuart smashed both the run itself and his fundraising target. He finished in an impressive 1 hour 3 minutes (his personal best) and raised an amazing £320 for OCD Action!
Many thanks for all the support. It was hard work for my first 10K, especially with the heat but the sponsorship kept me going. I noticed that the majority of runners run for the larger known charities and I did not see anyone else running for OCD sufferers. This made me more determined to finish.
I am really proud of my dad and all the hard work he put into training. Not only did he complete his first 10K official run but he did it in 1 Hour 3 minutes, a personal best. It means a great deal to me to have my dad run for OCD Action as this is a charity that has helped me during rough patches. There is no magic wand to cure those with the disorder but knowing you have the support of family and friends makes the battles easier than facing it alone. My dad taking the time to train shows that he understands and supports sufferers and I hope he inspires others to learn more about what OCD is. Even today I got asked what OCD is and I know that my dad has contributed to educating others that were there on Sunday. I would also want to take the opportunity to thank OCD Action, especially the support provided by the volunteers on the helpline. They are full of helpful advice and support.
Thank you so much to both Stuart and Laura for all you've done to raise awareness of this devastating condition. Congratulations Stuart, and we hope you're now getting some well-earned rest!