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    “Unveiling the motivation behind my 100 mile race challenge”

    By NCVC Staff | Published on Oct 11, 2023

    Unveiling the motivation behind my 100 mile race challenge

    Running to Remember

    Nearly a decade ago, I experienced the devastating loss of my brother Daniel to suicide. The pain of that tragedy continues to shape my life. However, instead of succumbing to despair, I choose to embark on a meaningful journey. Through this challenging race, I aim to honor his memory and find solace and healing in the process.

    Despite the progress made in addressing mental health issues, we still have much to learn. It remains a complex topic, both on an individual and societal level. Many of us still find it difficult to seek help, and countless lives have been irrevocably altered by this struggle. I firmly believe that we need to invest more in understanding, taking action, and implementing preventive measures to support mental health. The funds raised from this race will contribute to these crucial endeavors.

    A Sense of Adventure

    Adventure has always held a special place in my heart. Connecting with nature’s beauty and pushing my physical limits have been sources of great joy. Given the challenges we’ve faced in the past couple of years, my desire for adventure has only intensified.

    Although I completed my first 50-mile race last year, I vowed not to attempt a 100-mile race due to the toll it would take on my well-being. However, something inside me yearns for more. The allure of adventure, the camaraderie that accompanies it, and the sheer joy of pushing boundaries motivate me to lace up my running shoes once again. It’s my way of embracing life to the fullest.

    Daring Greatly

    I often find solace, relief, and pride in conquering difficult challenges. The words of Theodore Roosevelt in his poem, “Daring Greatly,” resonate deeply with me. They serve as a constant reminder to confront the fear of failure and set audacious goals for the things I hold dear.

    Deep within our psyche lies the innate need to pursue and achieve that which we value. We long to infuse our lives with meaning. By establishing personal and professional goals, we can begin to fulfill this inherent desire. While discussions surrounding work-life balance abound, I prefer to envision it as work-life “energy.” It is through pursuing our goals that we discover renewed purpose, gain fresh perspectives, and experience a sense of progress. These accomplishments, in turn, invigorate all aspects of our lives. As my goals become anchors for my restless soul, existential angst gradually dissipates.

    A Feeling of Anchoring

    There is a certain essence to running. As the ego fades, we are left with our raw humanity amidst complete exhaustion. It’s an extraordinary place to be. The physical vulnerability experienced during long-distance runs grants me clarity and reminds me of what truly matters and holds value in life. In the hustle and bustle of everyday existence, it’s easy to lose sight of these fundamental truths. Running serves as a compass, centering my attention on the people and things that truly matter.

    So, these are my reasons: to remember, to seek adventure, to dare greatly, and to anchor myself. Four compelling motivations that drive me to embark on this 100-mile challenge.

    Please note that this race is currently full. However, if you are interested in participating in another Centurion challenge in support of the Mental Health Foundation, they have additional dates available. To secure your spot, kindly let us know by emailing [email protected]ku.gro.htlaehlatnem@stneve. Our friendly team will offer you fundraising tips, advice, and even send you one of our exclusive running vests. Visit our active challenge webpage for more details on our upcoming running events.

    The funds raised will enable us to expand our COVID-19 advice hub, using evidence from our study to inform and influence governments and policymakers regarding its impact on mental health. Additionally, our Covid Response Programme aims to provide support to those most affected by the pandemic across the UK.

    Should you find yourself in a state of crisis or feel unable to ensure your own safety, please call 999 or seek assistance at the nearest emergency room to access the contact details of the crisis resolution team. These dedicated mental health care professionals specialize in assisting individuals in severe distress. If the content you’ve read has affected you, please refer to our “get help” page for additional support.

    Mark Rowland is currently fundraising for the Mental Health Foundation. You can contribute to his cause by visiting and searching for “Mark Rowland.”

    Let us come together to champion mental health and support those in need. Together, we can make a difference.

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