As I left the office on Thursday, my editor said I was crazy going for a run in the cold and rain.
I joined Oliver Gooch, 32, who will have accomplished the amazing feat of 300km by the end of this month by running 10km every day.
Oliver, who lives in Brighton but is originally from Blackpool, accepts the challenge in memory of his childhood friend Callum Fyall, who took his own life in March 2019 aged 27.
Oliver participates in fundraisers each year, along with friends and family of Callum, in his memory.
Callum has been described as someone with “a lot of friends” who enjoyed being active.
Oliver said: “We went to school together, some of the pictures were from our trips to Wembley to Blackpool FC.
“Cal was a bit of a runner, he ran a marathon and liked to get out and be active.
“We became friends when we were about 15, we went on vacations, we went to Bali together and I saw him when I was living in Australia. That was the last time I saw him.”
The run is part of the Move for Movember challenge organized by the mental health charity Movember.
People are encouraged to run or walk 60km throughout the month for the 60 men we lose to suicide every hour, every hour around the world.
Oliver decided to take it a step further and ride 70km every week.
The week before I had caught a bad cold so I never got around to preparing for the 10k.
It’s fair to say I had no idea if I had the fitness to finish the run.
I had experience running 10km regularly in the past, but had given up running in the last 10 months.
Returning to the run, the rain had eased as I walked to his home near Queen’s Park in Brighton.
We set off from his house, down Edward Street, up Grand Parade, past the Christmas Market and around The Level.
Back at the Christmas market in front of St. Peter’s Church I could see people wrapping up warm with their hot chocolates while we were only about 4km to the run.
We circumnavigated the Brighton i360 and back to Brighton Palace Pier chatting about Callum, the World Cup, our own mental health and more.
The home straight was particularly painful as we began the climb to Queen’s Park.
But the run was completed in a respectable time of 58 minutes and 49 seconds.
We then finished with a 100 meter sprint up a hill.
After that we decided it was time for a well deserved pint at The Constant Service on Islingword Road, Brighton.
Oliver has raised over £1,000, which is double his goal of £500.
He will be joined by around 15 friends in Blackpool who are all joining him for a 10K today.
If you would like to donate to Oliver’s brilliant cause, Click here.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23151940.running-brighton-man-300km-month-movember/?ref=rss Running with the Brighton man doing 300km for Movember this month