Matt Waterworth


Mind has been speaking out for better mental health for 60 years and is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. At Mind, we work for a better life for everyone with experience of mental or emotional distress.
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Angry Run From Land's End To John O'Groats

Matt Waterworth

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On June 1st I set out on a self supported 900 mile jog from Land's End to John O'Groats in aid of Mind. It will be the trip of a lifetime and I'll be using the experience to talk more about mental health and addiction issues on my blog 

I am a non-practicisng alcoholic. I gave up drinking 18 months ago to try to forge a better life for myself after years of drifting between jobs with a shitty attitude. 

In those 18 months I've set myself a number of silly challenges and succeeded with most of them. In February 2016 I ran 29 half marathons in 29 days. I've always wanted to do Land's End to John O'Groats but I never thought I'd be able to do it. It was always on the backburner. Now it's not and it's happening. 

Running is a way to celebrate life. That's why I'm setting out to enjoy as much of this challenge as I possibly can. The stigma that surrounds mental health and addiction is massive and it can make you feel pretty alone. That's why I've made it my life's mission to break these taboos by talking openly about the situations I've found myself in and how I got myself out of them. 

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27.05.17 From one non practising alcoholic to another, I wish you all the luck in the world.

20.05.17 impressed & relieved in equal measure that you are where you are and you're doing what you're doing

20.05.17 Good luck! Keep on writing, it's awesome.

20.05.17 Enjoy your run across the country and congratulations on your 18 months alcohol free! Keep taking it one day at a time!

19.05.17 Chill, relax, smell the roses and enjoy your run

19.05.17 Good luck with the run. Very impressive x

19.05.17 All the best for the run. You can do it. You can do it. It's all about enjoying the challenge (or so those who like you push themselves tell me). It's great that you find yourself in a position that this is even a possibility.


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