Paddy Cartwright: Running for MovemberImage by: Movember
12 January 2023

Paddy Cartwright: Why I Mo

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Paddy Cartwright, 26 yrs old from Tooting, London, tells Movember why he runs.

I have been supporting Movember for 3 years now, as I was confronted with the issues that are facing men and our mental health in the form of one of my close friends really struggling with his own mental health. It shook me, and I wanted to be part of the solution no matter how small that part would be.

For my fundraiser, my aim was to run 200 miles in 60 hours, running around Battersea Park. I gave it my all, but due to injury, I had to finish up at 150 Miles in 47 Hours.

" I wanted to be part of the solution no matter how small that part would be "

I have done a big running challenge for Movember for the past 3 years now (7 Marathons in 7 Days, 101 Miles in 24 hours, and now 150 Miles in 47 Hours). There's no major significance, I just enjoy pushing myself in body and mind and it helps me to know that the men I run for are also suffering and all I have to do is keep on running as I know my suffering will be over at some point, whereas the sad fact is that many men don't know if they will ever reach the other side of their suffering.

The distances don't bare any particular significance, they're just numbers I think will push me each year. Last year though, the 101st mile was to run one more mile for the men who can't run amongst us anymore.

I thankfully haven't struggled majorly with my mental health other than anxieties that I believe we all face quite regularly, like with purpose, life goals, etc. But I can maybe impart some advice I have learnt through these runs, and the main thing I take away from them is that it is a privilege to be out there running. Whether it's 5 miles and easy, or 105 miles and you'd rather be anywhere else, I always remind myself that there are people who can no longer run with us, and that is a powerful thought to harness when going through tough times.

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