David Smith

Brathay 10in10 Athlete

I am 52 years old and live in Chesterfield with my wonderful wife Ann and our 2 dogs Albert and Chester. I work as a community pharmacist and in my spare time you will find me running, cycling, swimming or travelling.

Running has always been my favourite sport. I love the simplicity of it. You don’t need any special equipment, just head out the door and away you go.

I ran my first marathon at Poole in 1993. I did everything wrong, going off way too fast on a hot summers day. I learnt the hard way how not to run a marathon.

In my early running career I concentrated on times, going for a PB at every event I entered. As I got older my times slowed and I needed a new focus. Various family events led me to start fundraising for charities including my local hospice and the MS Society.

It wasn’t long before I discovered that fancy dress running was a great way to raise money for charity and since 2000 I have run many races from 10k to ultra-marathons in fancy dress, with a bucket, collecting money along the way.

In 2014 my Grandson Theo was stillborn and it spurred on my fundraising as I supported SANDS and Tommy’s, two baby charities. To me, this is much more important than any PB I achieved in my younger days.

The Brathay 10in10 appealed to me for two reasons. Firstly, I have never done a challenge like this before and I love to push myself. Secondly, I have the opportunity to raise money to help a brilliant charity continue its vital work with vulnerable children and young people. After the devastating effects of the pandemic, I think it is crucial that Brathay Trust can reach out to as many young people as possible to inspire them to help their local communities.

I feel truly honored to be chosen to take part and I will endeavour to do my best. I intend to put my own unique take on the challenge, running in various fancy dress costumes. I want to put a smile on everyone's face, putting fun into fundraising. I may not be smiling myself as I struggle to run 10 marathons but I hope to get as much publicity for Brathay, highlighting its great work. So don’t be surprised to see Scooby Doo running around Windermere, but he may need a Scooby snack to keep him going.

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£804

Goal: £3,000

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Experience

  • 2017: Race Across England - 200 miles (as Scooby Doo)
  • 2018: Cape Wrath Ultra Stage Race - 400km
  • 2019: Belfast Marathon - my 100th marathon
  • 2019: Race Across Scotland - 215 miles
  • 2020: Gloucester 24 Hour Track Race - 110 miles
  • 2021: My fundraising total reached £110,000
  • 2022: Brathay 10in10 Donate

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