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Running the Tour De France – concluding Mental Health Awareness Week with 70 marathons

It’s no coincidence that Marathon runner and mental health campaigner, Pete Thompson, arrived in Vendee this week ahead of one of the world’s most famous endurance tests, during Mental health Awareness Week.

On 19th May – with a seven week head start on the riders – Pete will set off, aiming to run (not cycle) the entire Tour de France course in just 70 days.

His Marathons for the Mind challenge equates to an ultra-marathon a day (30 miles). In total he will run all 21 stages of the gruelling route, covering 2,069 miles and 27,000 metres of hill climbs; all with the professional riders biting at his ankles.

Pete, who comes from Bournemouth, is raising money for both Livability and Mind. Pete has also chosen to support his local branch of Mind, Dorset Mind. They educate and provide support towards positive mental health for people in Pete’s home county.

Last year Pete raised £19,000 for mental health charities when he ran 44 marathons in 44 countries, winning a regional Pride of Britain Award along the way. This year he’s upped the ante somewhat and by the end of the route will have climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest over three times.

Pete’s epic challenge and his support for Livabilty works on so many levels. Both locally, for the participants at Livability’s Flourish project, who will be supporting him every mile of the way, and on a national level – his work to increase awareness of mental health issues by taking on the Tour De France is truly inspirational. His efforts will support Flourish and the people that use the service; without the vital tools and resources in our garden, the project simply can’t run. The project works to put the elements in place that add up to better connections, greater wellbeing, improved confidence and fun.

Keep an eye on our social media for updates throughout the 70 days.

Read more about Peter’s Tour De France Challenge



"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 and I have seen the stigma they face, coupled with the lack of support when they need it most."

Peter Thompson

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