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Caroline's and Raymonds ' ULTRA MARATHON' The Wall, 69Miles in 24hours

Running frm Carlise-G'shead -Hadrians Wall=69miles for Mind in Taunton and West Somerset because we wanted to give something back to 'Mind' charity

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  • Team members: Ray Elphick
  • Event: The Wall, 20 Jun 2015 to 21 Jun 2015

Mind in Taunton and West Somerset

We support better mental health in Somerset to anyone in the community

Charity Registration No. 1109626

Story

In 2004 I was diaganosed with Bi-polar and Borderline Personality disorder. I was prescribed heavyduty medication, therapy and exercise as a form of behavioural and mood managment. The first 5years I was incrediably poorly as the illness took over, losing my job, relationships, Alcohol misuse, drug use and finally my dignity. It was at this time that I was introduce to 'Mind' Mental Health Charity. With their support I was able to reach a more balanced understanding of myself and the world around me and as I improved physically and mentally I took up running. Since then running has been a massive part our lives. We've taken part in many 10k events, dualathons and a few crosscountry races-BUT the furthest we've ever run in one go is 13.5miles. We decided as couple that we would like to firstly give something back to the charity that helped me. We truely believe without their support and help I wouldnt be here today. Secondly we wanted to challenge ourselves in a manner that would force us too dig real deep to compete in something that I never thought I'd A)be alive to do B)be able to complete.  We also wanted to highlight to people that having mental health problems doesnt define me as a person but more it being a part of who I am. Its been a tough ten years but I made it through. Im off the drink and the drugs and work. So with a full heart of appreciation here is a BIG THANKS to 'Mind' Mental Health Charity. Please give what ever you can guys every pennie makes a difference. Thanks for taking the time to visit our JustGiving page. xx Caroline and Ray

PS. We'll keep you updated on our mileage progress

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  • 12Mile stomp completed
  • Ray and I gettig out with the doggies getting the miles in after running 11 then walking another 8 +3

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