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

28.04.17 My colleague Michael met you on in Poland at the weekend whilst on park run. He has told me about what you are doing..for such a great cause, and an amazing achievement. Happy to donate

28.04.17 Go on Thommo! I am watching your progress every day mate, I think what you are doing is incredible. You are a legend!


27.04.17 Best wishes, good luck and plenty of plasters. If anyone can do it you can Pete.

27.04.17 I heard about your inspirational challenge as I work with Gareth & Lucy. Awesome feat, plus raising money for a cause close to my heart and raising awareness! Top job.

27.04.17 I have just heard you on radio Solent and was so impressed. Such a good cause- many congratulations.

26.04.17 Hi Pete, got to know about your challenge through your Aunt Sue. Great challenge for a great cause. Good luck and enjoy the experience.

25.04.17 Amazing effort, good luck!

25.04.17 Great to see you on your Barcelona leg and hope the journey to Dublin is amazing!

24.04.17 Keep it going Pete. You are doing fantastic.

24.04.17 This is incredible! Congratulations

24.04.17 Yay! 24 done, 20 to go.

24.04.17 Great cause.

24.04.17 run faster

24.04.17 Amazing challenge and a great cause! Just over halfway now so keep going!

23.04.17 What a great cause, glad your rising awareness for a charity that people won't be aware of. Good luck on rest of your mammoth task.

22.04.17 Wow Pete, half way so I have sponsored again, very very very impressive! Good luck tomorrow - I look forward to the update!

22.04.17 Amazing achievement, keep going Peter.

21.04.17 Truly inspirational.


21.04.17 You are doing so fantastically Pete! All your updates are great :) here's another £20 for approaching the half way mark. I hope you enjoy London on Sunday.

21.04.17 Go Pete go.


21.04.17 Hey Peter! See you in Hamburg on 9th of May hopefully! Wish you best of luck in the upcoming days!

21.04.17 Amazing effort! "When you're going through hell, keep going" Winston Churchill


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