44 marathons across 44 European countries in 44 consecutive days

On April 1st 2017 I began the challenge of attempting to run a marathon within every country in Europe in consecutive days. 

On May 14th 2017 I completed the final leg in Dublin! 

 In doing so I aimed to raise some much needed money for two amazing mental health charities, Livability Holton Lee and MIND.

Through this challenge I also wanted to encourage others to be open about mental health and, if comfortable, share their own stories. It's a truly shocking and saddening statistic that the biggest killer of men and women my age is suicide. Surely that needs to change. 

  We all face our own issues but wouldn't it be great if everyone was able offer support instead of judgement, advice instead of avoidance, or simply a smile instead of a stare

Donate, reach out and help make a difference. 

 

 

Have a look at the route of the challenge here!

 

 
 
 

How you can help 

I'm completing this challenge to raise money for two incredible mental health charities. Please read about the invaluable work they do and, if you are able to, donate to these great causes. 

 
 
 

MIND

Mind won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

 

Livability Holton Lee 

With a particular understanding of mental health and disability, Livability Holton Lee is a wellbeing discovery centre set in 350 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside. It is part of the national charity - Livability. From gardening therapy, arts and ceramics, bird watching, walking and accessible camping, visitors can benefit from an inclusive and supportive community. 

 

How to connect 

Connect with the challenge through social media to see how I'm getting on and how the challenge is raising awareness of mental health issues across the UK. Like, Comment, Post, Share and help raise some money! 

 

Facebook 

I shared regular posts during my training and the adventure itself. 

Twitter

 See the updates on my progress during each day of the adventure 

Instagram

Mostly photos of me running. 

Thankyou

Thanks to everyone who offered their support. Without it I wouldn't have been able to even consider trying to attempt this sort of thing. A special mention to a few people and companies in particular.

 

carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse have been incredibly generous in sponsoring me. Without their support I wouldn't have had the resources to attempt this challenge. As well as supporting me they do some amazing work with mental health charities as founding partners of Heads Together

 

Inter Rail

The fantastic people at Interrail.eu supported me with an amazing Interail Global Pass valid in 30 European countries to allow me to travel in comfort on numerous trains during this challenge. Without their help I wouldn't have been able to get to the start line every day. 

 

Sportsshoes.com

Not only is sportsshoes.com the best place online to buy proper running shoes and kit but they also let me have some for free. I needed a fair few pairs along the way and without their generosity I wouldn't have been able to cover the miles each day.  

 

Cavendish Hawk

Cavendish Hawk specialises in executive search and executive coaching at board and senior management level. Alongside this they also specialise in being amazingly generous, supportive and kind. The money they have sponsored will kept a roof over my head during the event, making sure I had somewhere to rest up between marathons. Heroes basically. 

 

Clif Bar

I needed some energy for this challenge! The Clif bar sent some of their excellent energy bars and gels my way to keep me going when the going gets tough. What totally excellent people!