to Run with Perseverance. This is a space where I will openly speak about my own race, one which has known the deepest joy and searing pain.
Running is a great analogy for life itself, but the name of the site comes from something much deeper. The bible verse quoted above, in so many ways, reflects everything I am and aspire to.
The darkest moments of my race encompassed 15 years living with serious mental illness which led to being homeless and 3 suicide attempts.
However those moments prepared me for a life in which I can give to others through fundraising and awareness raising. In the same way, it is the dark, cold mornings which have allowed me to run over 30 marathons, a life transforming journey in itself.
Welcome to my life. Whatever your circumstances, I hope you will be inspired to persevere both through joy and challenges alike.
It will always the Gerrard Final, but for me it was much more. Football has been a huge part of my recovery from Bipolar and it started with Stevie G.
It has never been lost on me that God revealed His glory to me on Epiphany. Every year on 6 January, I can reflect on His grace which transformed a life that had been destroyed by mental illness.
It's never just about a game, it's a way of life, a love affair with a club, bird and city.
Last year's New York Marathon seemed a bridge too far. At a time when I've been far from my best physically and, admittedly, mentally at times, 20 in 2020 is a challenge to reenergise and invigorate me.
This year, I am taking on the challenge of running 20 marathons to raise money for 4 brilliant charities:
- Football Beyond Borders
- The Running Charity
- Heads Together
You can find out more about the campaign here and can donate at
Below I'll post a photo from each one... but for now just a few blasts from the very recent and very distant past. Can you tell #1 from #36??