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.
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Marathons for the Mind

Peter Thompson

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44 marathons 44 Countries 44 Days

1 Continent

On May 14th 2017 I completed the challenge of running a marathon in every country in Europe in consecutive days. This resulted in running a total of over 1100 miles and travelling over 10,000 more via a mixture of planes, trains, buses, cars and ferries.

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

The challenge proved to be the hardest and most rewarding 44 days of my life. I encountered lost luggage, bus cancelations, plane delays, sleep deprivation, snow, injury and encounters with the Greek police but I made it.

This was largely down to the incredible people that came out and supported my journey. To them and to everyone who has donated or sent messages of support to keep me going. Thank you, you will never know how much of a difference it made.

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

20.10.17 Honestly so amazed and so proud of your achievements Pete. Keep up the great work xx


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!


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