Jeremy's Australian Marathon Challenge for Heads On

Jeremy Sandford is aiming to raise £1,000 to support the Heads On Run Club, set up to encourage people to start or continue running to help their mental as well as physical health. He's running a marathon - and is going all the way to Australia to do it, taking part in the Gold Coast Marathon on Sunday 7 July 2019.

Running has made a huge personal difference to Jeremy in his recovery from mental illness, and he is really keen to help others realise and experience the benefits of exercise for their mental health.

'As a runner on a journey of recovery tackling the stigma of mental illness one step at a time I passionately believe in the benefits of running for improving mental and physical health,' said Jeremy. 'My aim is to raise as much as possible so that the Heads On Run Club in conjunction with Sussex Recovery College can make these courses accessible across Sussex. “

The Heads On Run Club currently offers two free courses in Worthing on Friday lunchtimes, in conjunction with the Sussex Recovery College. One Step at a Time is for beginners and Every Step Counts is for those who have experience of running. The Club was set up by Ian Puttock, who works at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who raised £3,000 by running five marathons in five days to fund it. The plan is to roll out the courses to other areas of Sussex so more Trust staff and service users can benefit from it.

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