Brathay 10in10 Athlete
I’m Darren Jenness, 47 years old, Cornish born and bred and currently living in Lancashire for the past 25 years. I am a firefighter for Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service.
My interest in running started when I was 9 years old in primary school, doing track and cross-country running. I ran my first marathon by the time I was 19, completing the London marathon, and continued running until I unfortunately started suffering injuries which led to my falling out of love with the sport. Luckily, I rediscovered my passion for running in my roaring forties; in 2015, I returned to half marathons and progressed to full marathons in 2016. My biggest achievement to date is competing one marathon a month since early 2017, having now completed 21 in fewer than 18 months. My total number of marathons to date is 27 and I aim to hit 100 by my 50th birthday in 2021!
My true passion lies within long distance running, in particular marathons and ultra-marathons. The thrill of pushing through and overcoming the pain and sweat in these endurance events leaves me with a sense of true achievement and is the core of my passion for running.
Although I expect the Brathay 10in10 to be physically and mentally challenging, I have the support of my wonderful proactive family and friends, as well as inspiration from fellow runners. At the 2018 Windermere marathon, I ran alongside a 10in10 runner who inspired me to apply myself and run the 10in10. I’m hoping to be able to fill his boots and do myself credit in this year’s event - I can’t wait!
- 1990: London marathon
- 2017: Classic Quarter
- 2017: Liverpool Marathon, top 50
- 2020: Brathay 10in10 Donate
Interested in the 10in10?
Are you an experienced marathon runner and up for a new challenge? Would you like to be one of the few specially chosen athletes to run the annual Brathay 10in10 Challenge Event while raising money and awareness for the charity?How can I apply?