This year World Mental Health Day is Tuesday 10th October. There are many events out there which are helping to raise money for Mind, the charity that helps people who are experiencing and struggling with a mental health problem.
One of our very own runners Keith Walters has made a huge effort to raise money for the charity. Here he tells us his story:
I trained and got the bug quickly and before I knew it I was up to 10K and looking at my first ever half marathon. Never thought I’d do one of them!
The week before the run I suffered an injury but carried on and did the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half in May ’16 raising £1400 for The British Heart Foundation.
It turns out I shouldn’t have run at all, I was in a huge amount of pain and 6 weeks later I discovered the injury was in fact a double spinal fracture which took me off my feet for several months.
It was during this time that I found myself really down and not enjoying life very much, it gave me too much time to think, to worry and stress about stuff that I hadn’t thought of before. It wasn’t very nice and I had to do something I didn’t like doing, talk about it!
As I was getting back to full health, physically and mentally, and looking at running again I decided to set myself a challenge to raise some money for a Mental Health charity called MIND.
In Nov ’16 my Justgiving page went live and I started to run events. On January 1st (no better time to start right!) I began a new 1000K challenge as part of my yearlong fundraiser.
I started slow, as I had the year before, but soon got back into it and began to get ready for the Spring 10K and then the Southport ½ Marathon. It was tough at times but it helped me enormously, being back out there and ticking off the K’s, and the motivation of the money being raised kept me going.
In July this year I knocked 19 minutes off my ½ marathon time from 2016 and was ecstatic with that achievement.
Slowly but surely the funds increased and on Saturday September 16th, 3 and half months ahead of schedule, I hit my 1000K marker at Crosby Parkrun.
I can’t emphasise these 2 points enough to everyone, 1) Exercise, and particularly for me, running helps a lot. 2) Talking to people helps too, a huge amount. Do both and you get your focus back and your motivation increases and the world is your oyster”.