Mental Health

Afghanistan veteran tackles 192 marathons for forces mental health charity

The Army veteran will be running from March to October to complete his challenge for mental health charity Head Up.

A former British Army soldier is running a gruelling 5,000 miles around the UK coastline for mental health. 

Paul Minter served for 18 years in the Army as a reconnaissance soldier, completing five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He was medically discharged after suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is raising money for Head Up – a charity he helped set up to help serving personnel and veterans with their mental health.

Speaking ahead of the challenge, he said: "I feel the best way to make the loudest noise is to do something utterly bonkers out there, and I thought people are going to pay attention."

The Afghanistan veteran hopes to complete the 5,000-mile challenge – the equivalent of 192 marathons –  in 218 days, starting in March and finishing in October.

He will take in the coastline of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man.

"It's very hard to comprehend what this is going to do to my body – my leg is going to hurt and my knee's going to be completely shattered," he said.

"Whatever arduous conditions I'm going to endure, it's nothing compared to when you lose a friend to suicide or when you see your friend suffering.

"That's the most hurtful thing," he added.

Paul is hoping that people will join him during the challenge, either running or walking alongside him, and is also looking for places to stay and eat on the way.

Paul's progress can be followed during his challenge on the Head Up charity website.