Paul Scullion

Paul's London and 12 Ultra Marathons for Mind. That's 500+ miles!

Fundraising for Mind
£1,331
raised of £2,000 target
Event: London Marathon 2024, on 21 April 2024
We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect, but we need your help too. Join the 2024 TCS London Marathon and help us to ensure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

Story

Absolutely gutted. Having to withdraw from the London Marathon and Thames Path 100 after damaging my hamstring sprinting after our dog at the weekend (bolted from a friends house down towards a main road!). Had done 10 of my ultras (405 miles) and another 600 miles of virtual races raising money for Mind. These were my final two which I'll now have to look at next year (can defer London and enter the other one as well). I think my fundraising stays active until then, but for those of you that have sponsored me already (including Seb Coe, Uhtred of Bebbanburg and Elliot Kipchoge😂) I'm not being let off the hook. I'll book up some stupidly long races in the meantime to keep myself active.
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In February 2022 I started running for my mental health after being diagnosed with bipolar. In my first proper race - a 10k (did a 5k Parkrun to start), I almost gave up at the halfway point and pretty much collapsed at the end. I came third from last, beating one lady and a chap who was 70 odd. By the end of the year I ran a marathon.

I did not want to end things there though as I don't do things by small measures.

I have signed up to run the 2024 London Marathon for Mind which as a charity is obviously very close to my heart, and I intend to run it as if my life depended on it. 

Not content with that, and wanting to give more sponsorship bang for your buck, I have signed up for 11 ultra marathons and a virtual ultra challenge to run two marathons a week in January and February as well!

  • Cotswold Ultra 53k ✔
  • Wendover Woods 50 mile ✔ (although 🤪 at mile 47!)
  • Round Reading Ultra 50k 
  • Big Pilgrimage 54k Ultra 
  • Thames Path Ultra Challenge 100k ✔
  • Weavers Way 50 mile ✔
  • Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Ultra Marathon 50k ✔
  • North Downs Way Ultra 50k ✔
  • Chester Ultra 50 mile ✔
  • Centurion One Slam 400 miles 
  • Hundred Hills 50k ✔
  • London Marathon
  • Thames Path 100 mile (now qualified!)

If you do the maths on that, it's over 500 miles (900 including the virtual!) which equates to just over 20+ marathons. Currently I'm eleven challenges down, with two to go.

I did only manage 47 out of 50 mile for Wendover as I injured myself, but the distance still counts!

Now I've only got to worry about my time on the Marathon, but to be honest I am crapping myself about the last one 😨

What am I doing 😊

About the campaign

We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect, but we need your help too. Join the 2024 TCS London Marathon and help us to ensure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

About the charity

Mind

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We’re Mind, the mental health charity, working across England & Wales. We believe no one should face a mental health problem alone. We’re here for you. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis. We’ll listen, give support & advice, & fight your corner. Thanks for fundraising for national Mind.

Donation summary

Total raised
£1,330.29
+ £248.50 Gift Aid
Online donations
£1,330.29
Offline donations
£0.00

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