44 marathons across 44 European countries in 44 consecutive days

On May 14th 2017 I completed the challenge of running a marathon within every country in Europe in consecutive days. 

The challenge received National media coverage and has now raised over £22,000 (Inc. Gift aid) for two amazing mental health charities, Livability Holton Lee and MIND.

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I am now doing talks and planning new adventures. Find out more at www.peterthompson44.com



The Route


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 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.


Money raised for Livability from Marathons for the Mind will go towards Livabilty’s ‘Flourish’ project at their wellbeing discovery centre in Dorset. ‘Livability Holton Lee’ is set in 350 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside. From gardening therapy, arts and ceramics, bird watching, walking and accessible camping, visitors can benefit from an inclusive and supportive community. The centre is part of the national charity Livability – the disability charity that connects people with their communities.


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! 



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


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


Mostly photos of me running. 


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. 



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!