Meet Our Marathon Runners

This year, South Somerset Mind have 4 runners in the London Marathon, each hoping to reach their 2000 target. The funds they raise will make such a huge difference to individuals living in South Somerset & Mendip who are struggling with their mental health & need that little extra support. 

They each have their own motivations for taking part in the London Marathon as well as reasons for choosing to support South Somerset Mind. Read on to find out more.

Ben Ellis is a Customer Service Manager at 1610. He has a great passion for working in the Fitness and Leisure industry & takes great pleasure in helping people to enjoy exercise & improve their health and wellbeing. Ben says:

I have always wanted to run the Marathon and every year I always find myself saying 'I wish I had applied'. In January 2016, I sadly lost my Uncle to pancreatic cancer. He had a very short battle with the disease and passed away within just 1 month of being diagnosed. He is very dearly missed but his death has taught me that life is short and that great opportunities should be taken when they arise! I will be running the race in his memory.

Ben is representing 1610 in his longest race yet, in order to raise funds for the 1610 selected Charity of the Year - Mind.

To sponsor Ben, please click here.

Jonny Hayes is a PE Teacher & Head of Lower School at King Arthurs Community School in Wincanton. Jonny lives in Templecombe with his Wife & two younger children aged 5 and 2 years old, so life is very busy and full on. He has been teaching for 14 years and takes much enjoyment in inspiring young people. Jonny says:

Running the London Marathon has always been on my bucket list. As I work with young people, I am fully aware of the mental health issues that faces them around depression, stress and self-esteem, especially in the modern world whilst faced with huge pressures from social media.

Since getting the place, Jonny has been training hard & has joined a local running club in Sturminster Newton, known as the ‘Dorset Doddlers’.


To sponsor Jonny, please click here.

Louise Peachey is a busy Mum of five, training for her second London Marathon! As part of her training, Louise is taking on various Half Marathons. She also has a huge amount of support from her children who are joining her on regular fun runs / park runs. With the slighlty longer runs, she is accompanied by her 12 year old on their bike, who acts as her pacemaker! Louise says:

This charity is close to my heart as my first husband died from a brain tumour whilst I was pregnant with my twin daughters. Throughout the pregnancy I received bereavement counselling from a former midwife arranged through my local Mind charity. Despite being affiliated with such a huge, well known charity, they receive no funding from them so every penny really does help

To sponsor Louise, please click here.

Mike Adams owns & manages the Greengrocers, Mikes of Ilminster. After taking on the London Marathon last year & exceeding his fundraising target, Mike decided he wanted to take on the gruelling challenge all over again!

Mikes family have experienced first-hand the impact of dealing with mental health problems, since their daughter was 9 years old. Over the years, they have experienced a great deal of loss & sadness through family & friend bereavements/illness. Despite having fantastic support from her family & professionals, Mikes Daughter struggled to deal with this &, in effect, had a breakdown; struggling to carry on normal day to day activities. Mike says:

I would like to see more support for mental health charities and believe that it is not always taken seriously as an illness and therefore doesn’t get the funding it deserves. Mind is trying to turn things around and that is my reason for supporting my local branch on my Marathon challenge.

Mikes Daughter has had some help from South Somerset Mind, once her NHS therapy had finished. Mikes partner has also received some help from South Somerset MIND, to support her with the stresses of coping & supporting a loved one with mental health issues.

To sponsor Mike, please click here.

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South Somerset Mind
Unit 4, Yeovil Small Business Centre,
Houndstone Business Park,
Yeovil, BA22 8WA

01935 474875

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