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West Row runner Gareth in training for 66 mile Isle of Wight Challenge




A man who credits running for helping him out of depression is now preparing to run 106km in one day for a mental health charity.

Gareth Isaacson, 27, of Church Gardens, West Row, will run 66 miles around the Isle of Wight on May 2 to raise money for Mind.

The distance is more than twice a marathon length and will be a challenge for Gareth, who only began running regularly last year.

Gareth Isaacson is running 106km around the Isle of Wight in May to raise funds for Mind. Picture by Mark Westley.
Gareth Isaacson is running 106km around the Isle of Wight in May to raise funds for Mind. Picture by Mark Westley.

He said a culmination of events in his personal life left him feeling suicidal at the end of 2018 - and says he is not sure what might have happened had his brother not comforted him at his lowest.

“A personal trainer really helped me out during that time, and exercise was an important step in my recovery as it releases endorphins,” said Gareth, who works as a computer design engineer.

"Those are high intensity training sessions, but I never did any running until about six months ago.

"I have these crazy plans and when I get something in my head I just go for it. I was looking up ultra marathons and this is the longest one I found. I have a target of raising £650 and so far I have raised £200."

To sponsor Gareth, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/garethisaacson


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