Nathan is a 29-year-old father, ex-soldier, mechanical engineer and Rochdale fan from Greater Manchester. In January 2019 he was feeling down, depressed and unhappy with his weight and this was compounded by the loss of two close family members in the space of a year. He turned to running as an escape and started to see the positive effects that running had on his mental health and the joy it could bring him.
A few marathons later and starting to believe in himself, Nathan wondered what else he could achieve. So combining two things he loves, running and football, he began planning a challenge to run to 92 grounds in the EFL and Premier League - the equivalent of 95 marathons. His goal is to use his challenge to raise money for Mind and to also convey a message that running or any physical exercise can help to manage mental health problems.
He is keen to raise awareness of mental health and help break the stigma surrounding the topic. Although coronavirus temporarily interrupted Nathan’s plans, he got back on track in May and hopes to finish his challenge by the winter.
Mind want to say a huge thank you to Nathan for his enormous effort to raise awareness of mental health and money for Mind and as a token of our appreciation have a shirt ready for him when he finishes with the words ‘Thank You’ and the number 92 on the back to commemorate his achievement.
To donate to Mind for Nathan’s challenge, click here.