For Men To Talk attendees taking part in the Virtual London Marathon 2022

One of the most important things of being fit, is that it relieves stress and eliminates depression. It’s something that is discussed frequently in our ‘For Men To Talk’ meetings, both virtually and physically.

With that in mind, the ‘For Men To Talk’ founder Luke Newman has been looking for an opportunity for the men in the group to work towards something.

In 2013, Luke ran the London Marathon in aid of Ovacome, an Ovarian Cancer Support Charity, in memory of his Mum, who he lost 17 years ago. He was able to raise £6000 thanks to some very kind donations.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the London Marathon has moved to October and also introduced a virtual event for those who don’t get a place through the ballot or charity place. This means that there is an opportunity to complete the 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 kilometres) distance from home.

You can do it with friends or on your own, in stages or all at once, just as long as the distance is completed at any time from 00:00 to 23:59:59 (24 hours) on Sunday 2 October 2022, the same day as the mass event in London.

After putting the idea to the attendees of ‘For Men To Talk’, eight have signed up to do it! A 12-week plan, leading to the big walk! It’s the incentive many of the men need to get fit and improve their mental health. It will improve self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue.

At the same time, they will raise money which will go towards helping more men at ‘For Men To Talk’. So we wish all the good luck and thanks to Luke Newman, James Dunn, Phillip Pratt, Jonathan Gorman, Ben Jarvis, Nick Stewart, Julian Treves-Brown and Michael Thorn.

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