Supporter of Teens Unite, Dean Danasten-Jones, Ware has completed an incredible 150 miles by taking part in eight running events in four different countries since February this year.
Dean has pushed himself to the limit to raise as much funding and awareness as he possibly can for Teens Unite. His incredible journey started with the Brighton Half Marathon, followed by the Silverstone Half Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, Stockholm Marathon, British 10k London Run, Dublin Half Marathon, the Great North Run, finishing with the Chicago Marathon which Dean completed earlier this month.
Since February, Dean has raised an incredible £3,685 for Teens Unite.
Dean said: "It’s hard to pick a favourite as some were special for different reasons, but I’d have to say it was the London Marathon. It’s always such an amazing day, especially running in your home town, with the crazy support on the course and the landmarks everywhere you go plus I got my new PB for a marathon this year at London."
When asked what he felt his biggest achievement was, Dean said: "I suppose my biggest achievement this year was being able to do all of the events! At the start of the year it was touch and go whether I’d be able to finish as I was injured and my physio told me to defer my places in London and Stockholm. After x-rays and two MRI’s and no conclusions, I just decided to tough it out which was especially difficult during the London marathon."
It's all been one huge accomplishment for Dean. "As I approached the finish line at Chicago I did get a lump in my throat thinking about everything I’d done this year as there were a few ups and down in the process but I was happy that I managed to get all of the events done.
It’s been great to run all of the events this year knowing that I was helping, even if just in a small way, with the work that Teens Unite do to support young people fighting cancer. Some of the days out I hear you guys do for the teens is great but some of the support you give can be quite difficult too and helping them through difficult times is so important."
Debbie Pezzani, CEO and Founder, Teens Unite has said: “Dean should feel incredibly proud of what he has achieved, it’s just amazing. It takes so much stamina and determination to complete just one of these challenges, let alone eight! We would like to thank Dean for the many, many hours he has dedicated to training and fundraising for his different running events.”
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