13.04.16 - Derbyshire Teacher’s 12 Months of Obstacle Course Challenges

A school teacher from Ockbrook School, in Derbyshire, is facing 45 challenging obstacle courses in 12 months to raise money to fund life-saving bowel cancer research.

Year 6 school teacher, Darren Williams is now halfway through his epic challenge in support of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. His efforts are in memory of his father-in-law Tony Woodward.

Darren explains: “Back in 2006 my father-in-law was diagnosed with bowel cancer and was told it was unlikely he would meet his first grandchild – my wife was expecting at the time. He took part in a clinical trial which successfully extended his life and he was able to meet Kara, our daughter.

“Sadly he died in 2009, and although it has been difficult, it inspired me to take on this challenge and Kara will be cheering me on every mile, wall climb, mud run and fire pit!”

Some of the challenges Darren has so far tackled include The Suffering, X-Runner and the Ram Run, where he qualified for the Independent OCR European Championships, which take place on 12th June 2016 at the Recreation ground Berendonck, Nijmegen/Wijchen in the Netherlands.

In September he’ll face his final adventure and the ultimate challenge to end all challenges; Man vs Mountain 2016. Labelled as ‘brutal but beautiful’, Darren will cover some 22 miles and 5055ft of ascent, running from Caernarfon to Mount Snowdon and finally to Llanberis.

For Darren, the bruises, cuts and sore limbs will be worth it. He said: “I began completing obstacle courses as a bit of fun but the loss of my late father-in-law inspired me to take on this ultimate challenge.

“Although it has been difficult, I have the support of my wife and my daughter, Kara, and I’ve also received huge support from staff and students at Ockbrook School.”

Tom Brooksby, Headmaster at Ockbrook School, said: “Everyone here at Ockbrook School is supporting Darren every step of the way. From teaching during the week to tackling these challenges on the weekend, he is inspiring our children to go above and beyond for good causes.”

If you would like to support Darren’s fundraising efforts, visit his JustGiving page:

For further information on the Bobby Moore Fund visit their website: