On Sunday 24th May, the wonderful Dan Hughes took on the 52.4 mile Race to the King... and triumphed!
Dan has struggled with OCD since the age of 9, but it was only recently that he got diagnosed. His symptoms got worse after having kids, to the extent that he realised his son was starting to copy his traits. This shocked Dan into finally seeking help, and he has now completed a course of therapy, which has helped him get his life back together. Dan now feels like a different person - he still gets OCD symptoms but now has the tools to cope with them.
One benefit of Dan's recovery is that he rediscovered his love of running. So, in order to help people with OCD, people who are struggling in the same way he was, Dan took on the Race to the King.
The Race to the King is an extreme challenge, and one that is definitely not for the faint-hearted! A 52.4 mile run, which is equivalent to two whole marathons, from Arundel to Winchester, along the many hills of the South Downs... and all without stopping!
But Dan had faced much worse than a 52.4 mile course - he'd lived through years of OCD. So he absolutely smashed the Race to the King, crossing the finish line in 11 hours 49 minutes. In a heartwarming moment, Dan crossed the finish line with his two sons - the ones who had finally inspired him to seek treatment.
I did it!! 11 hours 49 mins of hell but I did it.
I crossed the line and emotions just took over. I collapsed and cried my heart out. This was because I’d realised that I’d looked OCD in the face and beaten it!! A tougher challenge that running 54 miles.
My two sons, Milo and Seb, joined me to cross the line together. No better feeling in the world. My kids are the reason I decided to get help and I couldn’t think of a better way to finish such an epic adventure.
We're so thrilled by how far Dan has come, and would like to thank him so much for raising such a huge amount through the Race to the King. He's raised an INCREDIBLE £1,655.50, which will help so many people who are going through what Dan has gone through.
Thank you Dan, and congratulations!
Want to thank Dan for all he's done? It's not too late to donate to his fundraising page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Dan.Hughes
Inspired by Dan's story? Why not enter in your own event? Just email our Lead Fundraiser at firstname.lastname@example.org