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Peter Thompson

Marathons for the Mind

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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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Personal Challenge Date

19 May 2018


Jun 14, 2019

Dave and family

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Nov 30, 2018

Lee Bayliss

Nothing short of inspirational matey,love ya!

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Nov 30, 2018

Holly Bayliss

Pete, congratulations again (sorry it's so late!). Everything that you've done is truly incredible and a real inspiration. Not just the challenges, but how you've spoken so honestly about mental health and helped to raise more awareness.

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Nov 22, 2018


Big Up Pete, well done from all of us at Running Free :)

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Nov 20, 2018



Nov 2, 2018



Oct 29, 2018


Thank you for your support today

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Oct 24, 2018


I was inspired by your TdeF run - fantastic achievement!

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Sep 11, 2018



Sep 11, 2018

Richard Hunsley

I read your story on Cycling Tips - such an incredible and inspiring achievement.

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