A little over a year ago I was struggling with my mental health. This built up over a number of months, admitting I had a problem and choosing not to ‘take the easy way out’ was one of the hardest things I have ever faced.

Running played a big part in my recovery and I learnt a number of things along the way:-
* Mental health is not something to be ashamed of, speak up, you are not alone!
* Confide in those close to you, family, friends, colleagues. You will find them to be more supportive than you imagine.
* Exercise is truly the best medicine. Even if you don’t feel like it, get out in the fresh air and get that heart rate up. I guarantee you will feel better afterwards.

I am stronger now than I have been for a long time and I am delighted to run this half marathon in support of Sport In Mind who do fantastic work in helping people with their mental health through sport.

Richard Bowler