Run Dom, Run: fancy dress fundraiser challenges himself to complete 26 half marathons

Leeds-based Dom Hodgson is set to run 26 half marathons ahead of the Disney Dopey Challenge in 2021

33 year old Dom Hodgson is known for being a fancy dress fundraiser, having successfully managed to raise over £40,000 for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People. He has so far taken part in almost 100 races over the last five years, all around the world. What makes this an even more amazing feat is that Dom hates running.

He plans to retire from running after completing the Disney Dopey Challenge in Florida in 2021. This challenge will have him run a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and then a full marathon over four days. A total of 48.6 miles that Dom, once again, plans to complete in fancy dress.

Unfortunately the current pandemic has put a dampener on his fancy dress fundraising and training plans. Not one to back down, Dom has launched his own #twopointsixchallenge which will see him running 26 socially-distanced half marathons. You guessed it, each in a different costume, on the treadmill he has at home.

Dom’s half marathons will be streamed live online every Friday at He completed his first last week and we’re planning to follow him all the way through. Don’t worry, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on how he gets on.

Dom was quoted as saying:

“I hate running, but I realised that when raising money for charity, the more uncomfortable I am, the more money I raise, so every year I’ve put on stupid costumes and raised money for Martin House.

“The Dopey is a fitting finale to five years of fundraising with running. As a Disney fan it’s the ultimate challenge, the hardest one that they do, and something I’ve said for years ‘I’ll never do that’ but turns out I can’t resist a challenge.”

While Nikki Denton, fundraising events manager for Martin House, added:

“Dom really knows how to put the ‘fun’ in fundraising, and we always look forward to seeing what costume he comes up with next. We hope that when he finishes his last run for Martin House, that he finds a way of fundraising that he doesn’t hate as much as he hates running!”

How can I donate to Dom’s fancy dress fundraiser?

There’s absolutely no doubt that Dom’s biggest fan is his daughter Scarlett! But let’s all get onboard and support him, this fancy dress fundraiser and help raise as much money as possible.

Visit to donate.

What is Martin House?

Martin House is a charity that cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions across West, North and East Yorkshire, all while supporting their families.

There is absolutely no cost to any of the families using the services of Martin House. Which, by the way, costs in excess of £9 million a year to run.

The charity has sadly been hit hard by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Like many other charities, they have had to cancel all of their fundraising events and close their shops. It’s thought the pandemic will cost Martin House £1.7m in fundraising income over the course of just three months!

Sam Walker
the authorSam Walker
Sam is a regular gym goer who loves a strong spin or step class. Her main fitness goal is to tone up and be a healthier / fitter version of herself.

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