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My name is Stuart and I am attempting to run from near where I live in SW London to Oyne in Aberdeenshire which will be approximately 50km a day for 17 days...why?
In the year I turned 40 (2015) I tested myself in various ways...an Ironman Triathlon, ran 40 miles on my 40th and also ran 138 miles in 5 days retracing my childhood.
Two years on I believe I have suffered from various mental health issues for the past 4-5 years due to relationships, work, illness and financial problems.
I have seen and worked with many clients and friends who suffer or have suffered from mental health issues far worse than mine and I want to help raise awareness of this so called 'silent killer'.
I am running to my girlfriend to show gratitude for what I have in life...legs that work, support from friends, family and some major companies.
Four of my friends have lost their partners due to various illness' and not many days go by when I think of their loss and feel fortunate of the position I am in, yes, Sara lives over 500+ miles away but at least I still have her.
I will have support, food & accommodation from friends, family and social media followers and for that I am grateful. Please donate what you can and if you are near the route please come along and run or cycle with me.
I have chosen to raise money for Mind Charity for many of the reasons listed and to try and lift the stigma about mental health illness'. It's a very common illness and I am aware that men don't really talk about their problems so hopefully this run will help other men get help and talk to someone.
I am grateful for so many things in life, even when times are hard and this run is a strange way of telling people how grateful I am for my health, my family, my friends, my work and how I never take anything for granted hence the name...#TheRunofGratitude.
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