James Sarek ran the Colchester half marathon in March and raised over £200. He was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid around 10 years ago and wanted to prove to himself, and others, that having such a condition is no barrier to completing difficult challenges.

 

The Inner Wheel Club of Ipswich Orwell raised a fantastic £450 in November by holding a coffee morning.

 

Naish Estate Agents and Solicitors nominated the BTF as their chosen charity at the annual York Sportsmans Lunch and raised an amazing £4000.

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Amy and Matt Church ran the Jane Tomlinson York 10k in August for the BTF. Amy has a thyroid condition and has struggled to get the correct treatment - she really wanted to raise money to help people and families in the same position and they managed to raise £50.

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Seventeen runners took part in The British 10k London Run on July 12, they were:

Freddie Cooke, Ian Cooke, Sarah Cooke, Bruce Crowley, Caroline Crowley, James Crowley, Eleanor George, Karen George, Amy Goldsmith, Derrick Johnson, Bernadette Johnson, Lorraine Scott (pictured), Richard Thomas, The Walters family - Jennifer, Jill and Graham and Debbie Webb.

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Jill Walters along with Graham and Jennifer raised over £1000 between them and had a fantastic time. Jill who has an underactive thyroid commented: 'I have never run this distance before (age 58!) but apparently I was 98th in the over 50 age group women. We had a great run and were even pleased with our times (not expected at all!)'

 

Debbie Webb has suffered with thyroid problems for the last four years. During this period there have been times when she's felt very worried and completely alone but luckily her thyroid function has settled down now and  she considers herself very lucky.

Debbie writes 'I know life could have been very different so I wanted to do whatever I could to help people facing thyroid problems and thyroid cancer as this is a very scary, isolating time. I decided to run the 10k for BTF to raise awareness and money for the cause.'

A novice to running she suffered from a few setbacks during training but she was determined she wouldn't give up. The race day itself was tough and she was injured along the way but she made it to the finish line in just under one hour and 23 minutes. Debbie says 'I'm glad that I was able to run for the BTF because even if I have made a difference to one person that's more than I could ever ask for!' Thanks Debbie, we're very proud of you!

 

Michael Smout who has raised funds for the BTF before by climbing some of the Munros, completed the Edinburgh Half Marathon on 31 May and raised £126.

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Mike Gibbs raised £87 by holding a collection for the BTF at his 60th birthday party. Mike decided to ask people to donate to the BTF in lieu of gifts at his 60th birthday party as he had to take early retirement due to ill health after a total thyroidectomy that left him with a highly unstable TSH level and cardiovascular disease. He chose the Abbeydale Miniature Railway in Sheffield as he is keen on miniature railways. Here is Mike pictured with his very own locomotive.

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Tina Jackson, Catherine Preedy and Flora Cook took part in the London Marathon 2015

Tina was running for the BTF as her sister was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Despite a fall at ten miles she managed to carry on and finish the race in seven hours and 24 minutes.

Catherine, who was diagnosed with an over-active thyroid three years ago raised an incredible £1,145.00 and said: 'The whole day was absolutely amazing, probably the best experience of my life. I ran with my friend Kate who I completed the Cardiff Half Marathon back in October, we went through the finish line in four hours 28 minutes which I was very proud of.'

Flora Cook raised nearly £900 and said after the race: 'Having been plagued with injury from January, participating this year was definitely worth the wait! The support from the crowds was absolutely amazing.'

 

Oliver Bredski raised nearly £700 for the BTF by taking part in the Morrisons Great Manchester 10k Run.

 

Greg Bolt, whose mum has an overactive thyroid took part in the Southampton Marathon in April and raised nearly £300.

 

Heather Lacey held an 'Easter Bake Off' cake sale at her workplace and raised £40.

 

May Loh, a yoga teacher who has an overactive thyroid raised funds for the BTF through a gentle Zen Yoga outdoor picnic in Greenwich Park in May.

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Laura Umbenhen (2nd from left) ran the Bournemouth Half Marathon in April and raised £66 for the BTF. She said: 'The race as a personal challenge and I managed it in two hours and four minutes - not too bad for my first ever half marathon! I was confirmed as having hypothyroidism in 2012 so the BTF was the perfect charity to raise money for'.

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Vinay Eligar completed the St David's Day 10k run on March 1 and raised a fantastic £215. Vinay decided to take to take part in the run as he is currently working on a thyroid research project in Cardiff that is supported by the BTF.

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Lillian Squires and Rowan Williams raised nearly £200 for the BTF by completing the Reading Half Marathon in March. They managed a great time of two hours 24 minutes.