Running Tales
Mark Kennedy: How a brain injury didn’t stop one runner

Mark Kennedy: How a brain injury didn’t stop one runner

March 27, 2020

Mark Kennedy was enjoying the holiday of a lifetime when he suddenly passed out.

He was diagnosed with a brain injury that effects his mood, making him tired and anxious.

His doctor said contact sport was out of the question, but he might be able to carry on running.

Thankfully he could and Mark remains one of the most popular runners at Northampton parkrun and with Northampton Road Runners.

Now he's written a book about his experience - entitled 'What the Hell Just Happened' (the reaction of his wife Jules when she found found him passed out).

I talked to him about coping with his brain injury, running marathons and becoming an author.

 

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Peter Currington: Mental Health Champion on facing up to the coronavirus and his own demons

Peter Currington: Mental Health Champion on facing up to the coronavirus and his own demons

March 20, 2020

Peter Currington is a mental health champion with England Athletics, helping people to confront their problems and giving practical advice.

One reason he is so good at that is because Peter has been there. He overcame drink, drugs and a spell in prison to get his life back on track. These days he gets his endorphins from running rather than any other kind of drug.

Peter is brutally honest about his own journey and how he still has to work on his mental health.

I also spoke to him about how he recently ran a sub-three hour marathon, and the crash that followed; coaching not only his own family but Eritrean refugee Abedom Beyene, who has run the 5km parkrun in under 16 minutes; and, of course, in these strange times, coping with the coronavirus.

 

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Catherine Hickford: “Running turned my life around in so many ways”

Catherine Hickford: “Running turned my life around in so many ways”

March 13, 2020

When Catherine Hickford first started at Northampton parkrun she was more than 21 stone, running at the very back of the field and piling on more weight under the pressure of taking a degree.

These days, she says running has turned her life around.

Catherine has lost more than eight stones, been honoured at Northamptonshire Sports Awards, completed not only her degree but a Masters and made new, valued friendships.

She's truly inspirational - and a lovely person.

Who better than Catherine to have my first Running Tales chat with?

 

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