Friday was Well Being Day (Future blog post coming soon) Peter Thompson visited us again to run the daily mile with us all. He wanted to give us a glimpse of what he got put through. He is a great inspiration to children and adults who may suffer with mental health issues. He also ran the London marathon on Sunday, he said, the first half was okay but he struggled with the heat through the second half, but that he thought of all of us at Ocean which spurred him to carry on. :) He completed this challenging run in an astonishing 3 hours and 33 minutes.
Interview with Peter Thompson:
Did you start running only because of mental health? I started because I liked sports and wanted to start something new.
When you started your run was you scared? Yes, I was scared and excited and nervous.
Are you doing another run soon? I`m doing a tour de France run.
Did you enjoy your first marathon? I enjoyed the start and finish, some bits where trickier than others.
44 - Peter Thompson
In spring 2017, Peter Thompson ran 44 marathons in 44 consecutive days in 44 different countries to raise awareness for mental health. He also wrote a poem before he left called “I am right here in your corner” to explain is mental health issue and how it affected him (see link above to view poem).
During our whole school assembly, he showed us a power point about his amazing journey. To help him on his way, people ran, cycled, walked or jogged with him. He got a lot of injuries so he made himself a bath full of frozen peas to stop the swelling and after that he carried on running no matter what.
To travel to the 44 different European countries, he used 22 trains, 12 planes, 5 buses, 4 cars and 1 ferry. He also burned 264000 calories in total. He used 2 visas and 6 pairs of trainers. It took him around 4 hours and 8 minutes to complete 1 marathon every day.
In a couple of days, Peter Thompson will be running the daily mile with us to give us an experience of what he got put through. He is a great influence to children and adults and continues to promote mental health issues.
Before he set off he wrote a poem titled 'I'm right here in your corner.'