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London Marathon 2021

On October 3rd 2021, 100,000 people took part in the biggest marathon ever staged in the world. 50,000 in the streets of the capital and 50,000 from wherever they were in the country, completing the marathon distance over 24 hours and choosing their own route.

Meet our 2021 runners:

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Zayd Rawoot

I have always had a keen interest in helping those less fortunate than myself and I have always endeavoured to achieve this goal. I’m very passionate about dentistry and I really enjoy my role as a GDP. With my commitment and dedication to the profession, I feel it is imperative to support my fellow colleagues who are struggling and I would be delighted if you could kindly sponsor me for the London Marathon 2021. I love to keep fit through regular exercise including swimming, biking/cycling, walking/hiking, running, and football, all of which enable me to escape the stresses of life! However, I look forward to the amazing challenge which lies ahead for what would be my first ever marathon! I have previously completed sponsored bike rides including the London to Paris bike ride a number of years ago, participated in several charity football and other sporting events. I hope to also be completing a ‘Mighty Hike’ challenge this summer in the Lake District which I believe will also stand me in good stead for the virtual London Marathon. I can’t wait to get going with training in full flow and I look forward to all your help and support in sponsoring me for what is a fantastic cause and organisation!

Helen Reddington

Hi, I’m Helen and I work in a predominantly private dental practice in Southwell, Nottingham. I feel lucky to be in a job that I enjoy. I have a lovely patient base and get on well with my dental team. I was really honoured when I was contacted by the BDA Benevolent fund with an offer of a charity place in the Virtual London marathon, 2021. It has been a hard few months for our dental profession and this year more than ever I have tried hard to keep on top of my mental and physical health. Running has always been something that I enjoy and is been a great way of achieving this. I ran the BUPA great north run a couple of times a student when I was at Newcastle University and was a regular park runner pre-pandemic. I have never completed a marathon, but this seems the perfect time to set myself a new challenge and support a fantastic charity. I better get myself some new trainers! Follow Helen’s journey on her instagram @drhelenreddington

Ronan Lee

Hi, I’m a dental student currently studying at Kings College London. I took up running during the first lockdown, and made it my goal to run a marathon having become a keen member of Strava. Having run my own half marathons, this is my first official race, and I am very grateful to the BDA Benevolent Fund for giving me this opportunity.
This amazing charity helps dental students, dentists and their dependents in the UK who suffer financial hardship. Dentistry is a huge part of my life, and it is so rewarding being able to help others who may be struggling in our profession. When I am not studying or running, I love to cook and share recipes on my Instagram page @ronanleefoodie.

Rob Chaffe

Hi. I am a dentist working privately in London.  It was an honour to be selected to run the London Marathon on behalf of the BDA Benevolent Fund.  It is a small charity that does a lot to support our fellow professionals in crisis and has been around for over 138 years!  It would be amazing if you could support this wonderful organisation by sponsoring me for the London Marathon in October 2021. Please donate now via my fundraising page.  I love running, it is a way I help to handle stress and keep fit.  I have just the Royal Parks half marathon and the great north run many times, so I’m quite an experienced runner, and something I’m incredibly passionate about.  I also love my job and it seems so important to help my fellow professionals who are struggling and I hope you can help support them.  You can follow my training and progress on my Instagram page @Robertchaffe and on Facebook. I can’t wait to [finally] get going!

Dr Austin Banner


  • Trustee since 2010
  • Dental speciality – Retired consultant Orthodontist
  • County – Southern Counties
  • I am a Past President of the BDA Southern Counties Branch with extensive experience in committee, management, teaching, and training.

Dr Peter Crooks


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental Speciality – General Dental Practitioner
  • County – Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • I am the representative of the Principal Executive Committee of the BDA on the BDA Benevolent Fund Board. I hope to continue and foster the close working relationship between the Charity and the BDA, of whose members are also members of the charity. I’m also a Director and Secretary of a charitable company – CHEERS Youth Centre

Dr Molly Deykin


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental speciality – General Dental Practitioner
  • County – London
  • I have been involved in student support groups and I was elected British Dental Student Association President. I worked with the Sands Cox Charity when I was the Dental School Society Vice-President. After graduating I was the Foundation Dentist Representative on the BDA Young Dentists Committee.

Dr Allan Franklin


  • Trustee since 2003
  • Dental speciality – General Dental Practitioner for 35 years
  • County – Oldham/ Rochdale
  • I am the Chairman of BDA Oldham & Rochdale Section (and previous Secretary). Chairman for the E.Lancs & E Cheshire Branch of BDA in charge of section regeneration. Previous Chairman of British Society for Dental Hypnosis (as it was then) and involved in Local Dental Committees.

Dr Alex Gormley


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental Speciality – Academic Clinical Fellow at the University of Bristol
  • County – Bristol
  • I have worked in primary dental care and a maxillofacial unit since graduation. I am continuing my dental core training alongside academic training at the University of Bristol. I also serve as the Early Career Representative as an invited board member at the FDS at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Dr Chris Hayward


  • Trustee since 2013
  • Dental speciality – Associate Specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Lead Clinician Dental Emergency Department Newcastle Dental Hospital, Honorary  Clinical Lecturer Newcastle Dental School
  • County – Newcastle/ Northern Counties
  • I have been active in the BDA at Section, Branch, and National Levels. I was a member of the Rep Board/Body; a former member of the BDA PEC; a Director of International Affairs; and the previous BDA Board.

Dr Philip Henderson


  • Trustee since 2006
  • Dental Speciality-Principal Practice Owner and in General Dental Service for 37 years.
  • County – Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • I have been a Church Elder for 34 years with pastoral care responsibility Local Dental Adviser for Dental Protection including attending GDC Hearings and Probity work in NHS Current member “Probing Dental Stress” group in N.I.
  • Past: LDC Chair, N.I.DPC Chair, Northern Ireland Branch BDA President, Director of the BDA’s PEC for two terms

Dr Ros Keeton


  • Trustee since 2008
  • Dental Specialty – Leadership and management of Dental Services
  • County – Shropshire
  • I am an experienced NHS Chief Executive and health care leader who combines a dental background with substantial leadership experience. I am also a Chairman of a specialist hospice and EOL charity Compton Care. I am a passionate and committed advocate for dentists in distress.

Dr Stuart Robson


  • Trustee since 2006
  • Dental speciality – A General Dental Practitioner
  • County– North Yorkshire
  • Former President of BDA 1999- 2000, previous Vice-Chairman of BDA Council and also Dental Services Committee. On behalf of North Yorkshire LDC, was organiser and lead of the North Yorkshire PASS (Practitioner Advice and Support Scheme) preventing some dentist with problems having dire financial and professional difficulties.

Dr Bill Creedon


  • Trustee since 2014
  • Dental speciality – GDP
  • County – Hampshire
  • I have been in general practice for over 20 years as a practice owner in Southampton. The last four years I have been also working at Kings College, London. I am Chair of the BDA’s Wessex branch and Vice Chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight LDC.