Peter Thompson


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.
Livability creates choices for disabled people and brings life to local communities. We offer a wide range of services to around 8,000 disabled people and their families, including residential care, supported living, education and accessible holidays. We also provide community organisations with the resources, advice and confidence to transform their neighbourhoods. Livability is a new charity, created by the merger of John Grooms and the Shaftesbury Society, two charities which have been hard at work among the UK's most marginalised people for over 160 years.


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Marathons for the Mind

Peter Thompson

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44 marathons 44 Countries 44 Days

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On April 1st 2017 I embarked on an adventure to attempt to run 44 marathons in consecutive days across every country in Europe. This resulted in running a total of over 1000 miles and travelling many 1000's more by plane, train, car and ferry.

I did this to raise some much needed money for two amazing charities, MIND and Holton Lee Livability and all the money donated will go directly to the two charites to support the great work they do.

About Me

Like many other thousands of runners, the London Marathon was what inspired me to get running and after crossing the finish line at the Mall in 2009 I have been hooked. I have since been lucky enough to build on my times year on year and progressed from my time of 3:47 back in 2009 to my personal best of 2:25:31 at the 2015 Amsterdam marathon. I have also run up Mount Ventoux, lived and trained in Iten in Kenya and managed to sneak over the line first at a few races including the New Forest and Isle of Wight Marathons.

About The Challenge

I would love to say that the idea of this challenge came to me in a moment of clarity or genius but predictably it came on a run! I've been inspired by people such as Eddie Izzard, Ben Smith, the man who conquered 401 marathons in 401 days and Sarah Outen, whose inspiring film at the Banf ocean film festival showcased the adventure of a lifetime. Many others, who through often less obvious actions or signs of strength, have also fuelled my desire to take on this challenge.

The route itself will involve a mixture of trains, planes, buses, cars and ferries and will span the entire continent of Europe. I will not bore you with the logistical nightmare involved in moving from one country to the next during this sort of challenge, but we will soon find out if those hours and hours spent planning will pay off.

Why mental health? 

Mental Health has received a lot more publicity and focus over recent years but it is still widely misunderstood and people who suffer often face discrimination and a lack of long term sustainable support. There is so much more that can, and needs, to be done. The increased attention has only scratched the service of the problem of mental health.

For me this challenge is a way to try and raise awareness of mental health issues and use running as a catalyst to raise some money for charities at the heart of trying to make a positive change. These charities are doing work that makes a difference every day. Campaigning, offering advice and running inspiring and innovative projects that provide the initial support needed to make long term progress.

My Experience

In terms of my own experiences of mental health I have had many friends and family members who have, and who still suffer, from a variety of mental health conditions. I have seen how debilitating this can be, and how frustrating it can be to see services stretched and the right support often extremely hard to come by.

I would not want to belittle or patronise people with long term mental health issues by suggesting I have suffered seriously myself, but like most of us I can say that I have certainly experienced moments and periods of my life where I feel I have had to reach out for the support of others. This has been more apparent within the last year or so and this challenge is very much a way for me to move forward and take a positive outcome from these experiences.

Thank you so much for your support and if I could give all of you a hug I really would.

Recent donors

18.08.17 Very inspiring! As someone diagnosed with a mental health problem who has been repeatedly let down by NHS services, the work charities like Mind do is invaluable

18.08.17 Just read your blog on the Mind website!! An amazing achievement in terms of both the physical and mental challenge from running and also the amount you have raised!! Thank you for for raising wareness of mental health!

20.07.17 Inspiring to hear your story at Xmiles.

20.07.17 Thanks for an excellent talk at - Wimborne - Donations from the night plus Sales

10.07.17 For a girl in my class who found herself being able to talk about mental health in her life. Thank you!



19.06.17 Well done from 3RM at Stourfield Junior School!

16.06.17 An amazing achievement - well done!

15.06.17 Well Done Pete


11.06.17 Excellent work Tomo, money raised from a swear box from a family weekend trip to London!

11.06.17 In a world of people who shave their heads for charity or sit in a bath of beans, your achievement and commitment to a really incredible challenge is an inspiration. Well done and what a great cause.Getting people even talking about mental health is great

06.06.17 Mind is close to my heart.

31.05.17 Well done Pete, amazing effort

29.05.17 Awesome

26.05.17 Very impressive sir

26.05.17 Well done Pete. It was great watching you and Andy enjoying the London marathon, though we are not sure if Andy enjoyed it quite as much as you! Nigel and Chris


22.05.17 Awesome achievement Pete. Well done

22.05.17 Fantastic achievement! Amazing. Well done!

21.05.17 Well done on your fantastic achievement, raising awareness and completing a great personal challenge.

21.05.17 Inspirational!

18.05.17 Hi Pete, sorry I made of with one of your famous yellow "44 marathons" shirts after Dublin... so here's a further donation in lieu - maybe if you have any spare T-shirts there are other members of your newly-found fan club who would like to buy one too!



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