If you love running, have a connection with the Deaf Communities and would like to fundraise for the BDA, then please consider applying for one the following opportunities:

Leicester 10K Run – 9 September 2018
This 10 kilometre route starts and ends at Abbey Park, with a charming tour of Leicester City’s landmarks in between.

Yorkshire Marathon - 14 October 2018
This run takes participants past some of the beautiful city of York's splendid historic sites and along scenic country lanes. The Daily Mirror described the York Marathon “as the Number 1 Alternative to the London Marathon.”

We currently have a place available for each of these runs, and would love to give these places to people who share our commitment to ensuring that Deaf people have the same life opportunities and outcomes as Hearing people.

If you would like to be considered for one these places, please email the following information to Rose Wheeler at

In the email header, please state which event you are interested in, and then provide the following information:

  • First Name
  • Surname
  • Mobile/Phone Number and/or Skype address

Please also provide answers to the following questions:

  • Please state briefly your connection to the Deaf community and why you want to run for the BDA.
  • Please list any similar events you have run, stating the date and how much you raised (if applicable)

Thank for your interest, and we will respond to any emails as soon as we can!


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.