peter thompson

Runner, Speaker, Advocate




Running the 2018 Tour de France in 70 Days


30 Miles a day

70 Days on the road

2069 Miles of running

27,000 Metres of hill climbs

1 Race to the finish line

THE RACE IS ON..... Setting off with a 7 week head start on the riders, I will attempt to run the entire 2069 mile route of the 2018 Tour de France and make it to the finish line before them.

It will involve running an Ultra marathon every day for 70 days and climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest over 3 times. 

The Race begins May 19th 2018

How you can help

The challenge will be raising money for the incredible mental health charities Mind and Livability. Read here about my story, the amazing work of the charities and if you are able to, donate to these great causes.

Marathons for the Mind & me

Mental health is such a hugely important issue within society and the cause I wanted the ‘Marathons for the Mind’ challenges to support. I have many friends, family and ex partners that suffer and still do suffer with serious mental health issues. Some have tried to take their own lives and others battle through on mixtures of medication and levels of determination & 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.

These challenges and mental health focus started for these people. However I soon realised it was making me understand my own mental health more and more. I have always been someone who is very up and down. I feel on top of the world one day and the next wanting to hide away from the world in my room. I had always thought this was normal and never spoken to people or explained the actions that play out when you feel that way. How you become distant, disengage and alienate the people closest to you. I thought how would people understand the way I feel when I don’t even understand the way I feel.

I had also been around others suffering with much greater mental health needs than myself and had thought it would be disrespectful to talk about my mental health in the light of these. I didn’t suffer like they did, to me these days of self-isolation were few in comparison.

I now realise it’s not a comparison. I realise that we all have mental health in the same way we have physical health and there will many levels within that. By talking we help ourselves, we help others, we help educate and we help to end the stigma that still exists.


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44 Marathons across 

44 Countries in 

44 Consecutive days



About the tour


The Tour De France is one of the toughest sporting events on the calendar and this years routes is no exception. It takes place over 23 days with 21 grueling stages each designed to push the riders to their limits.

Along the 2069 mile long route it visits the Alps, Pyrenees and takes on the cobbles of Roubaix. This years famous climbs include alpe d'Huez and the Col de Portet pass at a altitude of 2215 metres.

It finishes as always in Paris with the riders arriving on the 29th July where their finish line awaits. With a 7 week head start, the race will be on for me to try and make it there before them..... 


Sponsor a stage

The challenge couldn't happen without the incredibly generous support of individuals and businesses. If you would like to sponsor or dedicate a stage to someone, on the 'Running the tour' section of the website, then I would love to hear from you. In return you will get your businesses name & website link, dedication message, picture of choice, social media shout out, and a HUGE thank you from me. Please get in touch by clicking on the button below. Thank you.


Why mental health matters to me



2017 ITV Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the year Award for the Meridian Region


Mind Media Award  - Shortlisted Poem "I'm right there in your corner"  



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