If you love running, have a connection with the Deaf Communities and would like to run the following events to fundraise for the BDA, then please email Rose on

Yorkshire Marathon – 14 October 2018 - FULL
Please support our marathon runner, David Berry, by donating to the BDA on his Just Giving fundraising page.

Thank you!


We are so grateful for our resilient fundraisers for taking on a variety of challenges to support the work of the BDA. If the stories they tell below inspire you, please click here to find details of our current fundraising opportunities
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Lianne Lusty

Lianne completed the 2018 London and raised £1894.50 for the BDA!

In January, I applied and was extremely lucky to be offered the only London Marathon Silver Bond runner’s place for the BDA.  As a BSL/English Interpreter the BDA’s campaign for equality, access and freedom of choice for Deaf communities is also close to my own heart.

Whilst working, completing university assignments and looking after my two young children I have spent the last four months training at least three times a week in the rain, snow and very cold temperatures. I could not have done it without the support of my husband, family and friends and the BDA. It was all worth it when I ran the 26.2 miles on Sunday in what was the hottest recorded London Marathon to date.

I ran with a smile the entire race and the support of the crowds gave me that final push to keep going right to the end. Whilst making my way through Westminster tube station everyone stopped, cheered and applauded as I walked past. A very humbling experience and one I shall never forget.

I ran the race in 4 hours 54 minutes and have exceeded my fundraising target of £1500. I would like to thank everyone who has donated and given me words of encouragement and congratulations. It is an experience I would recommend to everybody, lots of hard work but also great fun and nothing compares with doing it to raise money for such a great cause.

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Michelle Hunt

Michelle completed the 2018 London Marathon and raised £2302.75 for the BDA

After entering the London Marathon ballot every year for the last six years, my persistence finally paid off! Inspired by my nephew Lewis, who is Deaf and an absolute star, I decided to use this opportunity to fundraise for the BDA. I am very proud of the money I have raised for such a worthwhile cause and I am also proud that I have managed to run a marathon.

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Bethanie McShane and Oliver Smart

Bethanie and Oliver completed the Southampton Half Marathon on 22 April 2018 and raised £858.00 for the BDA

Challenging, inspiring, nerve racking, exhilarating and emotional are some of the words we would use to describe our half marathon experience. The daunting feeling we had before the race, finally became worthwhile 13.1 miles later at the long awaited finish line, where we were supported by our incredible family and friends. What made the experience even more meaningful to us, was the generous donations made to the BDA, a charity so close to our hearts. Personally, my younger brother was born with hearing loss and I see the challenges he faces on a daily basis, therefore I wanted to run for a charity that aims to help those who are in a similar situation, so they can get the support that they deserve and very much need. As a result, the support both myself and Ollie received was so overwhelming and we would both like to thank everyone for their donations and kind messages.