Published Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Darren's feet before and after the five mile run. (© UTV)
Darren Brown, who freelances with UTV as a cameraman, is an instructor at a karate club in his hometown of Killyleagh.
In a spur-of-the-moment decision, he posted online to his friends that if he raised £250 overnight he would do the charity run in his bare feet.
"There were 80 or 90 competitors running for different reasons and if I wanted people to donate to my cause I needed to do something outrageous and challenging," Darren said.
He admitted he had no time for training or preparing his feet for what he was going to put them through and when his generous, or perhaps sadistic friends forked out the funds the deal was sealed for him.
"I could see runners turning round to look at me and thinking 'he's going to run over that' when we got to really bad parts of the road," Darren added.
"I could feel the wetness on my feet with the blood, it was coming up around my toes. It wasn't pretty.
"I wasn't going to give up though, giving up is not in my vocabulary."
Darren managed to complete the whole run but by the end his feet were more than a bit worse for wear.
He has raised over £700 for Ophir Karate Club, who are now well on their way to taking five young competitors to Lisbon next month to represent Ireland in the European Championships.
Darren said the pain was worth it to help the youngsters and that his feet are on the mend.
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