On 30th August 2020, I completed my challenge to run the National Three Peaks – climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and running the entire distance between them. This 452 mile journey took 9 days 12 hours 51 mins, missing the current record by over an hour.
I ran up to 50 miles per day (over 17 marathons) and thanks to your support we hit the fundraising target of £10,000 for Mind Over Mountains, to restore mental health after lockdown.
The record stands at an impressive 9 days 11 hours 39 minutes by Tom Mountney.
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COVID-19 hasn’t just cancelled our races – lockdown has threatened our mental health more than ever, especially those with eating disorders.
I ran to raise £10,000 for our new charity Mind Over Mountains which delivers life-changing outdoor experiences to restore well-being. Re-connecting with nature has never been more important after lockdown. Mind Over Mountains use the transformative power of the great outdoors with a holistic approach to develop positive well-being across the UK, through residential, day and virtual programmes.
£10,000 will fund at least 12 ‘Reconnect Rambles’ programmes for 150 people to benefit from a day of guided hill-walking, virtual coaching and mindfulness. It would also provide bursaries for the unemployed, those on income support and front-line workers to take part.
It took me longer to access NHS mental health support for an eating disorder than it did to cycle and run 5,000 miles around the highest county tops of the United Kingdom (72 days) in 2017. Spending time outdoors has been the most powerful support for managing my mental well-being, and I’m determined to help others access the same benefits too.