John Connolly: Athlete Focus - Pyllon Endeavour

What is the Challenge?

To run 192 miles as part of a team on the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William and back in 24 hours.

Why?

To raise awareness of the mental health challenges which we are all likely to face at some point in our lives either personally or with those around us. As ultra runners, we are used to dealing with problems on our own. But we know that having support around us is key in those tough times, and there’s never any shame in asking for help.

We hope that this event will encourage people to be open and honest about how they feel and that we’ll all create a safe environment day to day, for others to share their challenges and experiences.

Please help us raise awareness - it’s ok, not to be ok.

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Who is John Connolly?

Glen Lyon, Devil of the Highlands winner and Highland Fling podium.

Why this challenge?

In the simplest of terms John feels running has made him a better person.

It’s allowed him the time to connect with the person he want’s to be.

At present it’s also helping him through some tough times from a mental health perspective.

He’s forever grateful for the people this sport has brought into his life and is proud to be running for such a worthy cause.

Don’t suffer in silence, speak out and remove the stigma.

How to help John?

Get involved, by tracking us online, supporting us on the day, and / or by making a donation to SAMH. We’ve already reached our initial fund raising target, but we never expected so much support this early, so please help us reach over 150%!

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