Man completes epic 50km run inspired by his dad

Darroch Reid of Quinton, Birmingham, has completed a 50km run to raise money to support the Critical Care Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where his father has been treated.

Darroch’s run took him from his home in Quinton, towards the Lickey Hills and the Clent Hills before returning home, 50 kilometres later.

Speaking of the run, Darroch said:

“It was good to have support with me and to have my family with me supporting me along the way. It was a good run, I didn’t go too fast and I had some food with me to keep me going. When I got tired, I remembered my motivation to run and that kept me going.”

Thanks to his friends and family, Darroch raised an incredible £1,042 for the Critical Care Department at the hospital. Darroch’s father, Kenneth, was admitted to hospital in June following a blood clot in his bowel and has been in Critical Care since then.

Darroch added:

“We were really thankful for the way in which the staff have provided great support and care for dad. They’ve saved his life multiple times and that’s no small thing. I wanted to run 50km as it seemed like a significant distance!”

Speaking of the people who have donated to support his fundraising, Darroch said:

“It’s been really humbling to have received so much support from people who know dad, who know me, or who know the hospital and have wanted to support my fundraising. They have all given so much support and I’m really pleased to have raised so much.”

Roisin Mooney, a Fundraising Assistant at QEHB Charity, said:

“Huge thanks go to Darroch for his amazing fundraising and running efforts. To have run such a distance is incredible, and he has raised a brilliant amount of money in the process.

“QEHB Charity is proud to support the work of the staff on Critical Care, and we are currently raising money to provide a new, state-of-the-art Mobile CT Scanner which could help to save lives of seriously ill and injured patients on Critical Care.”