October 10, 2016

Follow the Water (Sir Titus Trot & Robin Hood Marathons)

The end of September saw me reach two milestones, running my 40th marathon and running my 30th marathon for Mind. In typical fashion I saw fit to do those in two consecutive days, by running two back to back marathons; the Sir Titus Trot and...

August 21, 2016

Journey Through The Dark

Earlier this week I had my 22nd and final therapy session. When I began my counselling journey 8 months ago I really had no idea what to expect. Part of me was hoping for a fancy chaise longue that you would see in films, so the sight of gaudy green carpets and a blue chair...

August 15, 2016

The mask of masculinity

On Sunday night I sat down in front of the TV and begun the usual trawl through Netflix, looking for something to catch my eye. After several minutes I stumbled upon a new documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom intriguingly titled 'The Mask You Live In'. When I clicked play...

April 16, 2016

Not for Want of Trying (Manchester Marathon)

A week before the Manchester Marathon I was ready, albeit very reluctantly, to pull out of the race. After several weeks of struggling to shake off a niggling knee injury from the back-to-back marathons in March, on Friday evening I fell down...

March 22, 2016

Sleepless Nights (Leeds & Liverpool Canter)

Little over a week ago I ran my third and fourth marathons of the year as part of the inaugural Leeds & Liverpool Canal Canter, yet another event hosted by the team at 'It's Grim Up North Running'.Having attempted my first...

March 6, 2016

Valley of Desolation (Bolton Abbey Trail Marathon)

Last Saturday I ran my second marathon of the year, 31st marathon ever but perhaps most importantly it was my 20th in the blue vest of Mind. Sixteen months ago I made the decision to start running marathons in support of Mind and began...

February 20, 2016

Dusk (Dark Is Descending)

It's been a while since my last update, my last post was nearly a month ago, the day after my first ever therapy session. This Wednesday I had my 4th of an initial 8 sessions so I figured it was as good a time as any to provide an update on my current mental well-being and how...

January 21, 2016

Into The Unknown

Yesterday, 2 years on from when I first went to the doctors seeking help for my depression, I had my first ever, long awaited counselling session. Having felt in a slow, downward spiral for a while it's come at a good time. Occasionally I go through brief periods of guilt and...

December 13, 2015

Finality (15 in 2015 Review)

With the end of the year rapidly drawing nearer and my 15 in 2015 challenge for Mind complete, it's time for a look back on the races that made up the challenge, how successful I've been in raising awareness and the current state of my mental health. The Races January 1st...

December 1, 2015

False Dawn

Today was supposed to be a new start.Over a month ago I spoke with my therapist about my treatment options and opted to have my CBT sessions stopped and was instead referred to counselling.After waiting a several weeks for an appointment I received a letter in the post...