Darrenlloyd Gent is running five half marathons and raising money for Mind


Four of the five halves are already run, the last is on 24 March and Darrenlloyd has a little way to go to meet his fundraising target. If you can support him and this great charity, your donation would be gratefully received.

Darrenlloyd Gent is the Undergraduate Coordinator for Games and Digital Media in the School of Computing and Mathematical Science in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He's fundraising for Mind by running five half marathons between 10 February and 24 March and this is his story:

I've set out to run five half marathons for a number of reasons, to shed a few pounds, to challenge myself, but mainly to raise money for Mind: The Mental Health Charity. 

I've witnessed more students, staff and friends who have experienced mental health issues than any other illness, so I've taken on this challenge to try to do some small part to help.


So far, I've completed four of the five half marathons, starting with the Olympic Park Half Marathon on 10 February, then onto the Brighton Half Marathon two weeks later. On 3 March I went back to my hometown of Bideford in North Devon to run the half marathon and last week I completed the Big Half which finished at the Cutty Sark.

On 24 March I'll start the final of the five halves with the London Landmarks half marathon at Pall Mall and I'm hoping to reach the target of £2500 raised when I finish the 65.5 miles I started six weeks earlier. So far including gift aid I'm at £1600, with very generous donations from our alumni and staff, but still have some way to go. 

If you can, donations of any size would be gratefully received and can be made online through my Just Giving page - thank you in advance.