I am a mental health nurse and have embarked on a challenge to lose weight, since acquiring type 2 diabetes in 2017.
I have done a number of challenges such as climbing Snowdon, the moonwalk in London, a 100km continous walking challenge and a number of 10k races and half marathons.
This year I got a ballot place for the London Marathon so will be making my second attempt at running a marathon (I started the Paris Marathon in 2009 but DNF due to injury).
In 2017, as well as being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and a few other health issues I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, which related in part to my work as a mental health nurse.
In 2018 I saw an ex-Royal Marine, Andy Grant, at a running exp in Liverpool. At the time, because of how I was feeling about myself I didn’t even approach him. However later I looked him up and bought his book “You’ll Never Walk” and he became my biggest inspiration and really gave me a different perspective.
I then got into SAS Who Dares Wins and read all if the books written by the team.
I went to see Ant Middletons talk and most recently attended his Mind Over Muscle day camp at Altcar in Liverpool. Whilst there I was struck by how inspiring and positive him and all of the DS were.
I also attend a bootcamp and tabbing group run by a military veteran.
So when I got my place in London, I decided that I wanted to raise money for a charity that would motivate me when the training gets hard, as well as on the day. So even though I have never served in the military, aside from the fact I appreciate the sacrifices they have made, and continue to make to keep us all safe, I feel that my inspiration and support comes mainly from people who have served.
A number of these people have been brave enough to discuss their experiences with PTSD so I asked what charity they would recommend and the answer came back as Rock2Recovery.