53 year old Devon man, Mark Berry, has run the 630 mile South West Coast Path in a record breaking 11days, 8 hours and 15 minutes, shaving an impressive 3 days off the current world record of 14 days, 8 hours and 2 minutes, which was only set just over a month ago.
Mark expects to raise over £10K for the CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY, CALM, the male suicide prevention charity. Mark took up running at the age of 50 and has gone on to complete a number of ultra trail runs over the past three years, including the Ultra Trail Monte Blanc, an extreme endurance race through the French and Swiss Alps.
This South West Coast Path run is his first record-breaking race, and the first to raise money and awareness for CALM.
Wanting to show others that it’s never too late to do something if you want it enough, Mark says:
“Having walked the SWCP with my wife Lorraine in October 2014, I thought it would be good to try and run back home. Through research I discovered that people had already set records for this route, so I prepared a plan to complete it in 12 days. Having now done so, I am absolutely elated and overwhelmed with people’s generosity, support and contributions to CALM.
All along the route I have had people approaching me and my support team asking about CALM and opening up about how mental health has affected them or their loved ones.
I could not have done this without the excellent support team consisting of my wife, Dave and Ally and Rob Tucker of Putsborough Sands."
CALM CEO Jane Powell says:
“We are constantly amazed at the superhuman ways in which people raise funds for CALM. The money raised will go towards our helpline and literally save lives. Mark’s run will also help highlight the issue of male suicide, the single biggest killer of men aged 20-45 in the UK.“
You can donate to Mark’s JustGiving page here: justgiving.com/CALMSWCPchallenge
Notes to Editors
CALM: Rachel Clare // firstname.lastname@example.org// tel: 0203 697 9331 // mob: 07738 160434
South West Coast Path Association: Alex Green // Alex.Green@southwestcoastpath.org.uk // tel: 01752 896237
- Previous South West Coast Path record holder was Patrick Devine-Wright who set the record at 14 days, 8 hrs 2 mins on April 21st 2015.
- An ultra trail run is an off road race covering a distance over 26.218 miles, the standard marathon distance.
- If people are inspired by this challenge they can register to take part in the South West Coast Path challenge event in October to help raise funds to improve the path itself, as well as donate to a charity of their choice. More info here: southwestcoastpath.org.uk/swcp-challenge/.
- For info on how to fundraise for CALM visit our website: thecalmzone.net/fundraise/
The campaign against living miserably, CALM, is an award winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK.
In 2014 CALM supported over 30,000 callers via its helpline and webchat. CALM runs:-
- a free, confidential helpline and webchat service is available every day of the week. 0800 585858 (national) 0808 802 5858 (London) open 7 days a week, 5pm – midnight;
- the website www.thecalmzone.net a source of information, stories and signposting for men who are down;
- publishes a quarterly men's lifestyle magazine, CALMzine: www.thecalmzone.net/CALMzine
There were 6,233 probable suicides in the UK in 2013 of which 78% or 4,858, were male. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged 20-45 in the UK (NISRA, GRO, ONS 2013).
CALM is reg charity no's. 1110621 and SC044347