It's as much a mental challenge as a physical one says UWE Bristol Marathon runner

Issue date: 04 April 2014


Kade McConville a first year student at UWE Bristol studying Business and Law will join 37,000 runners on Sunday 13 April 2014 to complete the London Marathon, raising awareness of mental health for the charity Mind.

Talking about the challenge Kade said “The first event I ever ran was the London Marathon last year so I was lucky to secure a last minute place around Christmas time for this year's event. The late confirmation of my place has meant that I've been cramming in all my training since Christmas.

“I have found that the hardest part is when your brain gets tired, it's so hard to keep yourself going for those last six or so miles where it's a battle to just keep your legs moving.

“The London Marathon was something I saw on TV when I was younger and just thought I'd love to say I've done that, to mark that achievement. I run to raise awareness of mental health and think that the London Marathon is a fitting mental challenge for that – it's as much about mental strength as it is about physical fitness.

“Last year I got a time of 4 hours 1 minute; finishing with a broken foot! So I'd love to get a 3 hour time, and 3 hours 30 minutes would be fantastic, but really difficult, so I'd aim for as close to that as possible.”

“I have a set target of £1600 to raise and am looking for as much publicity for this to help reach my target but to mainly get people talking about Mental Health.”

To support Kade in his bid to raise funds for Mind please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/kade

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