Neil Read to walk 171 miles for My Black Dog Charity

Walking trails, running from point to point, focusing on time, splits & calorie intake are things many of us have some relation to. In the past year theres been a shift to Fastest Known Times (FKT’s) & personal projects, with deeper relationships to the land these athletic feats are undertaken on, with wide spread race…

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Ultra endurance participants are running from something

A myth or generalisation that has become accepted as truth, reinforced as the wider uptake of trail, ultra and endurance pursuits has taken place. It could be argued that the combination of my childhood experiences & battles with my own mental health leave me as a perfect candidate to fall under this tagline. But I’ve never…

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Minds In Action

Movement has always been part of my life The role it plays has increased in magnitude in the past 16 or so months. Whereas previously splits & structure formed the reason, now, any form of movement carries weight, however monotonous the same loop may feel at times Breaking out of 4 walls; hearing, seeing, smelling……

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Some closing thoughts on Mental Health Awareness Week & finding support

As mental health awareness week draws to a close, please remember every day is worth of being aware of your own and others mental health. Putting aside a small amount of time to give yourself or a friend some TLC, be it a chat, drink, walk, run, ride, game – what ever suits the day,…

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My Black Dog is

My Black Dog is Looking inwards is not an easy task. You may uncover things you don’t like, aren’t proud of, wish were different. Like hearing your voice when speaking into a microphone or seeing a video, do I really sound like that, why is the pitch & tone different to what I hear when…

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Mental Health Awareness Week – My Take

For those who’ve been willing to read the letters I fumble together over the years, making it to the bottom of what are increasingly becoming time consuming bodies of text, you’ll know mental health is a topic, a subject, a series of linked experiences I can talk in depth about. Stigmas are being overcome, however,…

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ROAM4 x MIND32 – 4AM runs are tough

I’m not going to lie, at round 3, 4AM on Sunday morning, I was ready to throw the towel in. Never have I set so many alarms that my I’ve been able to switch off in a semi lucid state, whilst remaining in bed, despite purposely putting the phone well out of arms reach. I…

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Roam4 x Mind 32

30 days of Movember is very much still alive I’ll be honest, November was hard mentally. I went in aware that the lack of daylight & being limited to households meant another period on my own, with the hope the challenge would give me a focus. It did some what, it wasn’t totally put to…

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