Mind Over Marathon
6 MARATHONS. 5 DAYS. 1 PATIO AND OVER £24,000 RAISED. 28TH-3RD MAY
Before the 28th May, Josh had only ever ran 3 unofficial marathons but in the early months of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Josh felt inspired to run 6 marathons, in just 5 days.
A phone call with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) informed Josh that there had been a 38% increase in life-saving phone calls to those struggling deeply with mental illness. As someone that has battled with mental health himself, Josh could empathise with those who were finding the unprecedented times hard to manage. With key-workers being pushed to their limits and mankind finding themselves in circumstances we never thought possible, Josh wanted to take on his own mental challenge and run 156 miles to support those who needed it.
After day 4 and over 78 miles ran, Josh had exceeded his target of raising £2000 and in honour of the support he had gained, decided to run his remaining 2 marathons in 1 day. Josh wrote:
Mad times can inspire incredible things, I hope tomorrow this can become one of them.
This was a time where Sir Captain Thomas Moore celebrated his 100th year by Walking 100 lengths of his Garden, Ed Jackson, a man still in recovery with a life-changing spinal injury, climbed the equivalent of Everest on his stairs. It was the time that Frank Mills, a 6-year-old boy who has spinal bifida, walking with the aid of his frame, 10 meters a day. It was also a time where Josh Patterson raised over £24,000 for running 6 marathons around his 14ft patio in 5 days and continued on his mission to change the narrative around mental health.