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Meet our “Cross Fit” runner, Zayd

Quick link: Zayd’s fundraising page

It’s fair to say, Zayd is a very sporty dentist. He loves all types of sport, including football, hiking, walking, swimming, cycling and now running. He took to running in lockdown, as a way of stopping going stir crazy, keeping fit and getting his 1 hour of exercise a day.

He’d always wanted to run the London Marathon and when the BDA Benevolent Fund offered him a Charity place in the Virgin Money Virtual London Marathon, he was delighted to accept.

He’s a keen charity fundraiser too, having just completed the Mighty Hike Challenge, in Ullswater, raising funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

I have always had a keen interest in helping those less fortunate than myself. My wife completed the Mighty Hike with me, and we were so proud of hiking those 26 miles over rough terrain. It’s given me more confidence, now I know what 26 miles on foot is like.

Zayd has a varied, cross fitness approach to his marathon training. His weekly activity incorporates swimming, running, cycling, spin classes and football. He’s running a couple of times a week now and has got up to 12 miles for his long runs.

He is one of our virtual runners and is considering a route along the Fylde Coast for his marathon run on 3rd October.

It’s flat along the coast. I’m getting all the gruelling training out of the way now and hope to have a more relaxed, flat run for the marathon itself. I don’t have a specific time in mind to complete the 26mile marathon – completion is my goal. I think it will take me between 5-6 hours.

Zayd’s training took a bit of a hit when he was diagnosed positive with COVID19.

Whenever I get ill, it affects my chest because I’m asthmatic, so it hit me hard for a while. But I was determined to get back out there and train. I’d committed to fundraising and running the marathon for the BDA Benevolent Fund. That was a huge incentive to get back on track.

Zayd seems to have a huge amount of resilience. His wedding plans were also affected by COVID19. Initially, due to be married in April 2020, it was cancelled due to the first UK lockdown. He and his fiancé, Karishma, took the plunge as soon as they could in the June, with an intimate guest list of 6.

The happy couple not only share a love of fitness; they both also work in dentistry.

I’d always wanted to be a dentist. Initially though, I worked as a Radiotherapist. It was a great job and stood me in good stead for working in dentistry. I trained at UCLAN and now I tutor at UCLAN once a week, as well as working in the same general dental practice, so I’ve come full circle.

When he’s not busy working, teaching and training for marathons, Zayd can be found supporting his local football club Blackburn Rovers.

I’m from Blackburn, so of course my favourite team is Blackburn Rovers. I have had a season ticket fro the past few years and I’m also part of the NextGen Blackburn Rovers Supporters Club and get involved with the local community.

Getting involved with community, fitness and fundraising makes Zayd a perfect candidate for the marathon run.

If you’d like to support Zayd and keep him smiling, visit his fundraising page and donate. You can also follow his training progress on Instagram

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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 – Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire
  • 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