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

1 Continent


On April 1st 2017 I plan to embark on an epic adventure to attempt to run 44 marathons in consecutive days across every country in Europe. If successful this will result in running a total of over 1000 miles and travelling many 1000's more by plane, train, car and ferry.

I'm doing 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

27.03.17 Your message on mental health made me feel less alone. Thank you for running for this amazing cause!

27.03.17 So moved and inspired by what you're doing Pete, such a great cause and what a challenge! All the best to you and all involved. Will be cheering you on along the way and in the meantime sending much strength, support and well wishes your way!

27.03.17 Absolute best of luck Pete! So amazing you are doing this - you are such an inspiration Xx

27.03.17 Good luck. Go get em!

27.03.17 Best of luck Not that you need it, See you in boscanova when your Back 🖒

27.03.17 Good luck mate. Amazing challenge by an amazing person.

26.03.17 Good luck Pete , what an amazing thing to do ! I will be thinking of you, and Billy of course ! Lots of love Marcia x

25.03.17 Good luck. - Safe journies

25.03.17 Best of luck with this Peter, it's a great cause and two good charities, it will be well worth it. Simon (friend of your brothers)

24.03.17 We are all behind you Pete, you have put everything into this challenge, don't forget to enjoy it. You're our champion!


24.03.17 Go Pete Go ! All the very best Fiona Harrison

23.03.17 You are crazy man! Good luck and have fun!

23.03.17 Great work. Great cause. Good luck Peter



21.03.17 Good luck with your fantastic challenge.

20.03.17 Very inspirational! So inspirational that I'm planning to do my healthy me assembly around you in a couple of weeks and have permission from my head to add your sponsorship details to the school news letter! Will message you about that too. All the best!

19.03.17 Just to top your donations up to the great total of 6000


17.03.17 This is incredibly silly! Good luck

16.03.17 Good luck Pete

15.03.17 Good luck Pete with your inspirational and amazing challenge! All the staff and management at Fire-Aid and Kouzon Corporation are proud to be sponsoring and supporting you during this epic challenge! We particularly look forward to seeing you in Skopje!

14.03.17 Just keep running! The best of luck mate. See you in Russia. From Bill, Isabel and Grace.

12.03.17 Good luck. What an amazing thing to do!


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