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Meet our foodie runner, Ronan

Like many of us, Ronan Lee set a few personal goals during the first COVID19 lockdown:

  • Learn a new piano piece
  • Perfect sourdough bread
  • Run a marathon

He has ticked the piano piece off the list and is now able to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Unfortunately, the sourdough has defeated him, but we’ll put money on the fact (and hope you do too) that he’ll complete his third goal of running a marathon on 3rd October. And not only complete it, but he has an ambitious personal best goal of sub-4hours. Not bad for someone who was a reluctant cross-country runner in his earlier years.

I set the goal of running a marathon in the first lockdown. I had run a bit before then but not with any goal in mind.

Ronan can be seen training in London but only if you’re up before the larks.

I like to run early in the morning, about 5.30 am. It’s a great start to the day. I don’t like it when the streets get busy, or if it gets too hot, so early morning runs are the best for me. I’m also a virtual runner in the London Marathon and want to be able to complete it before the actual live event takes place. That means starting early!

Ronan is steadily increasing his distance runs and is currently running around 15k at a time. He’s also working with a sports therapist to ensure he remains fit and healthy and can complete the training and event without injury.

When asked about his motivation for running, Ronan speaks about another passion in his life – food. He is a keen chef and true foodie. His Instagram account is full of the most delicious-looking dishes he’s created or tasted.

I love cooking and eating, so I need to run to stay healthy and fit. I love dishes from around the world and can’t begin to choose my favourite type, although South East Asian cuisine is certainly at the top.

Ronan is adapting his diet and being careful about the type of food he eats before running. He avoids heavy meals beforehand and focuses on food that has good hydrating and energy-fuelling properties.

As well as the fear of running the marathon itself, Ronan is drawing on his Strava community to help keep him motivated.

I love connecting with people and comparing the runs. You get ‘kudos’ when you’ve done a good run. It can get quite competitive and addictive. The biggest motivator though is raising funds for the BDA Benevolent Fund.

Ronan is a final year dentistry student at Kings College London. He knew about the BDA Benevolent Fund and was delighted to be able to support them with this fundraising effort.

I’ve wanted to be a dentist since the age of 12. My parents are dentists; therefore, I have grown up with dentistry. It will be great to support the profession by raising funds to help other dental students, dentists, and their families. My family, friends, and local dental practices have been fantastic so far and contributed to the fundraiser. I’m nearly halfway there and with just over 4 weeks to go, I hope I can smash the fundraising target, as well as achieve a time of under 4 hours. I look forward to watching the live event from the comfort of a nice café terrace.

If you’d like to donate, visit our fundraising page.

Take a look at how Ronan got on.

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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 – 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.