In January 2019, I met up with my friend my Michelle in London to talk about adventure, mental health and generally catch up as friends do. What transpired from this was that Michelle was planning on running the widest point of the UK, all 600km of it in 16 days!
We can agree that this, is some what mad!
Why was Michelle and then Johnny doing this? There cause was pretty incredible and I should warn you this next bit is a little hard hitting to read. You see at the time of discussing this, if you where taken to hospital after trying to commit suicide then you would be put in A&E to wait like everyone else. The problem here, if someone has just tried to commit suicide, what mental state would they be in? To make things worse their now stuck in a waiting area of an A&E. While I'm not a phycologist, I bet that it's certainly not a good state of mind. As such Michelle and Johnny are not raising money but rather they where raising signatures to for this to be discussed in parliament, for there to be a guarantee of assistance in A&E for those who have just attempted suicide.
Now back to running 600km across the in 16 days. What's my involvement? She asked me if I would join them for 2 days, sounds great amazing apart from the whole running thing, 2 marathons in 2 days. I'm not a keen runner at the best of times, I hadn't run in 4 years and that most I had run at one time was 8 miles, not quite a marathon. As you can imagine I passed on that prospect and instead said I would walk the distance in under 24 hours.
A short film of Michelle and Johnny's exploits is available on Vimeo.