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Peter Thompson

Marathons for the Mind

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b] Running the Tour de France in 70 days[/b][/p][p][b][u]About the challenge[/u][/b][/p][p]THE RACE IS ON..... Setting off with a 7 week head start on the riders, I will attempt to run the entire [b]2082 mile [/b]route of the 2018 Tour De France and make it to the finish line before them.[/p][p]It will involve running an [b]Ultra marathon[/b] every day for 70 days[b] [/b]and climbing the equivalent of [b]Mount Everest[/b] over 3 times.[/p][p]The RACE begins on the[b] May 19th [/b]2018.....[/p][p][b][u]How you can help[/u][/b][/p][p]The challenge will be raising money for the incredible mental health charities [url=https://www.mind.org.uk/]Mind[/url] / [url=http://dorsetmind.uk/]Dorset Mind[/url] and [url=http://www.livability.org.uk/44marathons]Livability[/url]. Find out more about the projects your donations will be directly be supporting and why they mean so much to me [url=https://marathonsforthemind.com/advoacy/]here[/url].[/p][p][b][u]Why mental health? [/u][/b][/p][p]After crossing the finish Line of the 2015 Amsterdam marathon in a time of 2 hours 25 minutes things quickly changed. A break down in a relationship was shortly followed by the uncomfortable realisation that my focus and determination to constantly improve as a runner was almost all consuming. It had turned running from something which had been my life, to something I deeply resented. I didn’t want to do it anymore.[/p][p]A difficult period of my life then followed and returning from an emotional trip to Uganda I decided I needed running back, but I needed it back the right way. It was my escape, my mindfulness and my way to switch off when things got to much. I had realised running was so much more than just times.[/p][p]Inspired by Ben Smith & many others I then came up with [b]"Marathons for the Mind"[/b]. A series of challenges aimed at raising money for mental health charities and getting running back in a positive way.[/p][p]Mental health is such an important issue within society and the cause I wanted "Marathons for the Mind" to support. I know many people who have serious mental health issues. Some have tried to take their own lives and others battle through with determination and courage that I admire greatly. I have seen people at their lowest, I have seen the stigma they face and the lack of support when they need it most.[/p][p]The mental health focus started and is still very much for these people. It has however also helped me to talk more openly and better understand my own mental health in a way that I think it is important for us all to try and do. [/p][p]By talking more openly about mental health, engaging within discussions or simply listening to others, we develop understanding and importantly we help to educate. We also learn how to improve or better manage our mental health as individuals, and about the severity and crippling effects that people suffering with mental illness can experience on a daily basis.[/p][p][b]Thank you so much for your support as it means a lot to me and many others.[/b][/p]
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Event

Personal Challenge Date

19 May 2018

Charities

Livability

Livability

Mind

Mind

Dorset Mind

Dorset Mind

Supporters

15-Aug-2018

Tim in NZ

Read and really enjoyed the cyclingtips article about your wonderful Tour De France effort, the least I can do is make a minor typing effort... How you stayed injury free is mind boggling, my running career involves as much physio as running!

£10.00

12-Aug-2018

Anonymous

Well done Peter!

11-Aug-2018

Jo Hewett

Massive congratulations on this achievement! A true legend x

£15.00

11-Aug-2018

Andy and Jo

Congratulations on completing your epic adventure.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

10-Aug-2018

Anonymous

Amazing!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

09-Aug-2018

Jonah

Loved following your journey via Marathon Talk. Chapeau, an amazing achievement!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

08-Aug-2018

Mark Wilding

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

07-Aug-2018

Anonymous

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

05-Aug-2018

Philip Taylor

A staggering feat, Peter. As an occasional road cyclist in his early 70s, I find the achievements of the TdF peloton incredible enough, but to have accomplished the same thing without a cycle beggars belief. Very sincere congratulations and best wishes.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

05-Aug-2018

The Rochies

Wow.... Incredible stuff Pete!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid