The Mindstep Ultra Marathon

The Mindstep foundation has been set up in memory of my brother-in-law Max Davies who sadly lost his battle with clinical depression almost 2 years ago. The foundation is funding a PHD at the University of Glasgow to further research into mental health and clinical depression, and also provides support to other families who have lost loved ones. 

We launch this challenge on Men's Health Awareness Week to encourage people to get out and go running with friends (Covid guidelines apply). Me and a good friend Rudi get out at least once a week for a run on the hills and have a good catch up and a laugh and always finish the run with a big grin on our faces. Exercise has a direct link with improving you mental well being, even more so when you are exercising with a friend.

Rudi mentioned the "backyard ultra" some time ago and it's been on our minds ever since. On the 18th/19th July we will be undertaking the challenge which consists of running a 4.2 mile loop on the hour every hour for as long as we can endure. This challenge will test both our physical and mental endurance, however we have all the motivation we need. 

For more information about the Mindstep Foundation, please visit the website:


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James Smith 
Llanfoist, Wales, United Kingdom
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