Stafford man completes 10 running challenges for charity

Pictured above, Dan with partner Lucy and nine-year-old daughter Phoebe

A Stafford man has challenged himself to run 10 10k runs for charity throughout 2022.

At the start of the year, Daniel Tucker decided it was time to improve his health and well-being as well as raise money for a good cause.

He suffered with his mental health throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and was hoping to find something to help him feel both mentally and physically fit in 2022.

With the support of his family, he slowly began to build his race and took his first official race on Sunday March 24 at the Wolverhampton 10k.

Other races scheduled throughout the year include Tatton Park 10k, Cardiff 10k, Lobster Lollop 10k and Cannock Chase the Sun 10k as well as the London Marathon in October, all in aid of Leukemia Care.

The 36-year-old, who lives in Stafford with partner Lucy and nine-year-old daughter Phoebe, explained: “Lucy’s sister Kate died of leukemia when she was two in 1975. must have been so difficult back then without the support and funding they have now.

“Leukemia Care helps so many people, whether it’s with diagnostic help, treatment or financial support. They are an amazing charity.

When it came to why he decided to take on this challenge, Dan wanted to take control of his life and make his daughter proud.

“After many years of mental health issues and anxiety disorders, I decided to try to take my life back.

“At the start of 2022 I was the heaviest I have ever been at just over 20 stone, having no motivation and falling deeper and deeper into a depressed state, I felt like I was of no use to anyone, especially my nine-year-old daughter Phoebe and my partner of six years Lucy.

“In 2018 I ran the Stafford Half Marathon in memory of my late father, who died in October 2017 after being diagnosed with cancer. Together with my brother we raised £3,000 for kidney cancer.

“It was amazing to raise money for a charity that not only was close to my heart, but wasn’t as recognized as the others.

“I remember the feeling of pride when I finished the fundraiser and the half marathon, I wanted to get that feeling back, so that’s when I decided to take on the challenge of running and that a plan has been drawn up.”

And after gaining confidence, he decided to pursue a lifelong dream alongside all of that.

He added: “This challenge has given me a goal for 2022 and a clear mind to achieve my goals. I started small with a few 3km runs on the treadmill – I can’t wait to rack up my miles and to reach that 26.2 mile finish line in October.

“The London Marathon has always been a dream of mine and I’m so grateful to be running it for Leukemia Care – a charity that provides so much support and information to everyone after diagnosis and beyond.”

Dan was due to wed in May 2020, but the couple had their big day canceled twice due to Covid-19. Now they plan to get married in May on a beach in Zante, and Dan even plans to attend training there.

Dan added: “Luckily I found some trails that fit our wedding schedule, I’m going to grab my trainers and add a few miles along the beach!

“My goal for May is to lose two stones in time for the wedding thanks to my training, I hope to have to adjust my wedding costume!”

Partner Lucy added, “I’m so proud of Dan. I know how much he suffers with his sanity. We have been on such a journey in the past 6 years together. Dan lost his father in 2017. My father passed away at the end of 2020, may I add that a wedding was canceled twice due to covid and that is sure to take a toll on anyone.

“I’m so glad Dan has found something to focus on. Mentally and physically he wants to get stronger, and with the support of his family and friends, hopefully we can push him to succeed.

“Our wedding is scheduled to take place on May 27, 2022 in Vasillikos, Zante. A small business with 30 friends and family flying with us. Lucky third time, I really hope we can celebrate our special day.

Phoebe said: “I’m so proud of dad. I finished the fun race with him on Sunday March 20 at Stafford. It was so awesome to be able to collect our medals together and cross the finish line.

“I can’t wait to cheer him on at the London Marathon and hope my mother-in-law and I Loo at the finish line will cheer him on.” Dan has currently raised over £700 with a goal of £2,500, to donate his own JustGiving page.

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