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John Anderton

From Couch to 25 miles

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My story

[p][b]From Couch to 25 miles[/b][/p][p]As a pie-eating couch potato, my challenge is to get into running – slowly building up from zero to 25 miles in one go by 20th September 2019. [/p][p]So, the question is: Why would I do this to myself?[/p][p][url=https://www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk/]Mary Frances Trust (MFT),[/url] the organisation I work for, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. 25 years of supporting people in Surrey with their mental health and emotional wellbeing, helping them regain self-esteem, bringing them the prospect of recovery, the confidence to rebuild their lives, and enabling them to access opportunities around work, education and leisure in the wider community.[/p][p]So 25 miles is a mile for every year our amazing organisation has been supporting people with their mental health, and I’ll be doing it on Friday 20th September 2019 to coincide with our celebration event on the 21st. It will be over a pre-arranged 25 mile route, recorded on GPS, and have people along the route to validate that I completed my challenge.[/p][p]But this challenge is more than about running 25 miles and whipping myself back into shape. It is also about raising awareness of mental health and overcoming stigma, including my own! I work every day for a mental health charity, yet I have never talked about my own experiences. Many years ago, I experienced quite severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which affected my life considerably. So I will use the time running, and this challenge, to bring out into the light the importance of opening up and how physical activity can improve your emotional wellbeing. [/p][p]Through this journey, I hope to encourage as many people as possible who are struggling with their mental health to try some type of exercise. Or encourage someone, who knows someone else living with emotional wellbeing issues, to support them to get out and be active. When you are unwell, it takes so much effort to get out and do things on your own, so supporting a person’s wellbeing by supporting them to be active could change their lives. [/p][p]The money I’m hoping to raise will go to MFT to provide more groups, activities and courses for the people who need our support. It would mean a lot if you could sponsor me in any way that you can! I will share with you news of my progress, every time I reach a new milestone.[/p][p]Thank you![/p][p]John [/p]
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Good luck John!

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Clare Burgess

Woohoo! Proud of you!! For running & the sharing. Shout if you'd like some long run company. Do a crossroads run from a restaurant: 4 out & 4 back, 4 opposite way & 4 back, run out 3m and 3m back, run out 1.5 and back = 25 miles (then eat ALL the pie)

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Go John!

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Wow, that's quite a challenge, John, good for you. Here's £25 now and I pledge to donate a further £1 for each run I do between now and Sept - in virtual training with you! Running for exercise, my mental wellbeing and the great work of MFT

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Good luck John!

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Go Boss!

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Well done John! All the very best on your challenge and please don’t stop eating pies ! Pies are awesome and after running 25 miles u will have earned the right to eat a few

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John, I'm so proud of you and so grateful for what you are doing for MFT. I know it wasn't easy for you to share your story. I hope it will challenge more people to talk about their mental health and look after it. Exercise and challenge stigma!

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