peter thompson

Runner, Speaker, Advocate


Running the Tour de France


30 Miles a day

68 Days on the road

2082 Miles of running

45,000 Metres of elevation

1 Race to the finish line

Setting off with a 7 week head start on the riders, I successfully ran the entire 2082 mile route of the 2018 Tour de France and made it to the finish line before them.

It involved running an Ultra marathon every day for 68 days and climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest over 5 times. 

The race has been won

How you can help

The challenge is raising money for the incredible mental health charities Mind / Dorset 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.

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44 Marathons across 

44 Countries in 

44 Consecutive days




After crossing the finish Line of the 2015 Amsterdam marathon in a time of 2 hours 25 minutes things quickly changed. A break down in a relationship was shortly followed by the uncomfortable realisation that my focus and determination to constantly improve as a runner was almost all consuming. It had turned running from something which had been my life, to something I resented. I didn’t want to do it anymore.

Returning from an emotional trip to Uganda several months later I decided I needed running back, but I needed it back the right way. It was my escape, my mindfulness and my way to switch off when things got to much. I had realised running was so much more than just being about times.

Inspired by Ben Smith & many others I then came up with "Marathons for the Mind". A series of challenges aimed at raising money for mental health charities and getting running back in a positive way.

Mental health is such an important issue within society and the cause I wanted "Marathons for the Mind" to support. I know many people who have serious mental health issues. Some have tried to take their own lives and others battle through with determination and 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.

The mental health focus started and is still very much for these people. It has however also helped me to understand my own mental health better in a way that I think it is important for us all to try and do. 

By talking more openly about mental health, engaging within discussions or simply listening to others, we develop understanding and importantly we help to educate. We also learn how to improve or better manage our mental health as individuals, and about the severity and crippling effects that people suffering with mental illness can experience on a daily basis.


Why mental health matters to me



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


Livability - Princess Royal Outstanding Supporter & Volunteer Achievement



From TEDx to the school hall