I went the distance at last weekends Rutland Water marathon, competing in the 26.2 mile run for Mind mental health awareness charity
This was the toughest challenge I have completed in a day yet!!
A year ago, I started running a coach to 5k programme, since then everything has building towards this, but nothing prepared me mentally for the challenge of running for that kind of distance. This is why I thought it apt that Mind was my chosen charity for this month. I hit the wall at 14 miles, and again around 18 and was fortunate enough to meet a very experienced runner in the last 4 miles who helped me get over the line.
So far I’ve raised over £2000 though my year of challenges for various charitable organisations and am now nearing the end, having completed, amongst others a wolf run, a 100km Row, A 100-mile walk and a parachute jump.
It’s been a tough year, but it’s great now to see the end in sight and be able to look back at what we’ve achieved.
My remaining challenges are a 100mile cycle to the sea in October for the British Heart foundation, Movember in November for UK Prostate Cancer awareness and a Charity auction and Dinner in December. All proceeds will be split amongst the 11 charities I’ve raised money for throughout this year.
September sees me supporting Mind. I used to think that mental health was a small problem for a limited number of people. I’d never suffered with depression and couldn’t understand what those that had, were going through. I thought taking tablets was an easy way out and seeking help was for people that just couldn’t deal with life or were just naturally pessimistic, not people like me. My views were simplistic and uninformed to say the least. I now have a far greater understanding and appreciation for mental health as a direct result of my experiences this year. The support of my friends and family and professional help are the reason I am here today, they help me recognise my depression and seek help from those that could support me to understand why I felt like I do, and how to cope. Those that talk to me on a daily basis, would probably describe me as a positive and cheerful person (at least I’d hope) but they do not see the struggle I have every day when I go to bed, or wake up or those moments were my brain gets into a repetitive cycle of attacking myself and the toll it’s taken on my confidence and self-esteem. After nearly a year of treatment I’m not ‘better’ in the traditional sense of the word, however I can recognise the signs, manage my condition better, and my appreciation of what others go through and how I can support them has grown massively so I can now help others, and ultimately that makes me feel like a better person as well.
WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE?
The challenge for September is The Rutland Water full Marathon, 26.2 miles of unrivalled beauty, which offers traffic free running with great spectator access around the entire course. The Prospect of running a full marathon remains daunting. In my mind it’s something I felt I could never achieve, and I convinced myself that it was because I had no real desire to, but it was actually fear of failure, of not having the grit and determination to train, to diet and to focus on something I potentially would never be able to do. However, all of this is in the mind and that’s why I feel it is relevant for the Charity for this event.
WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED?
Peter Walker-Clarke will once again be joining me.
WHO ARE MIND?
We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.
We believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.
Mental health Information & support
When you’re experiencing a mental health problem, supportive and reliable information can change your life. That’s what we do. We empower people to understand their condition and the choices available to them through:
- Our Infoline which offers callers confidential help for the price of a local call
- Our Legal Line which provides information on mental health related law to the public, service users, family members/carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates
- Our award-winning publications and website, now certified by the Information Standard.
“Mind was such an invaluable source of information. I can’t put into words how helpful they were for both of us…”
Our local Minds provide help and support directly to those who need it most. There’s a network of around 130 local Minds across England and Wales that offer specialised support and care based on the needs of the communities they support.
Membership and networks
Our members are at the heart of everything we do. Join us and we’ll keep you up to date with opportunities to shape our work.
We’re also developing national and local support networks for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Campaigning for change
We believe everyone with a mental health problem should be able to access excellent care and services. We also believe you should be treated fairly, positively and with respect.
We campaign on a range of issues that could affect anybody with a mental health problem. This includes health services; legislation; protection of legal rights, and employment. Join us to campaign for change.
We can help bring about real change, end discrimination and promote good mental health for all through our training and consultancy. We offer a range of national and local services including workplace training to develop mentally healthy offices, applied suicide intervention skills, Mental Health First Aid and bespoke training sessions.