Over 2,000 miles in 12 months.

Over the past year, Darren Griffiths-Warner has taken part in more than 100 races to help raise funds and awareness for Cancer Research Wales.

Darren’s ‘Year Of Running’ saw him complete over 2,000 miles, and in doing so has raised an incredible sum of £1,640 to help support our life-saving projects.

Darren said: “Besides the obvious of trying to stay fit I did the challenge to raise awareness of all types of cancer, and the work Cancer Research Wales do. Rather than doing one race I thought continuously running throughout the year would keep that awareness in the forefront of peoples minds.”

Darren took it upon himself to raise money for Cancer Research Wales after his cousin Julie lost her battle with cancer in 2018.

He said: “Before I started the challenge in December 2018, I lost my cousin Julie to cancer. She was a senior nurse and devoted her life to other people – she was selfless. Before that, we lost my wonderful aunt Maureen and my father-in-law is also putting up a brave fight against prostate cancer at the moment. But this situation is not unique. Almost everyone in the country can probably name a friend or family member who has suffered from or is suffering from this dreadful disease.”

During the 12 month challenge, he ran Parkruns, marathons, ultra-marathons and even trail races. Darren’s first challenge was the CF64 race around Cosmeston Lakes in January 2019, which was followed by an additional 69 races and 40 Parkruns.

“The total mileage for my Year of Running for Cancer Research Wales came to 2,136.8 miles,” he said.

“I never run a race unless I’m going to finish. Nothing will get me to stop however tired or exhausted I feel. Cancer doesn’t just stop, and peoples suffering doesn’t just stop – the least I could do was keep going.”

Darren puts down his success to the support from family in friends – especially wife Gail and their two daughters. He said: “Having a supportive partner in my wife Gail made the scheduling smoother. Completing 10k runs with her was also wonderful. I love it when we’re out there experiencing a run together.”

Image: Adrian White

Darren’s year of running might be over, but that doesn’t mean he will be hanging up his running shoes anytime soon – he has a few races booked in for 2020 already!

Cancer Research Wales would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Darren, and all those who have supported him over the last twelve months. As a charity, we are reliant on the generosity of our fantastic supporters in order to fund life-saving research into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. It’s thanks to our amazing supporters, like Darren, that we are able to continue making a difference for the people of Wales, and beyond.

Darren has achieved so much over the last twelve months and given up so much of his time and energy to support the charity. He is a true inspiration. Darren has (literally) gone the extra mile to help support our life-saving projects, and we are so very grateful. If you would like to donate to Darren’s JustGiving page, please click here.