Wales Coastal Path, UK Sept 29, 2014 16:00:42 GMT -5
Post by Shaun Faulkner on Sept 29, 2014 16:00:42 GMT -5
Restricted by 15 years of mental health issues; panic disorder, social phobia, insomnia & agoraphic fears. I want to face all of my fears with one big adventure race, 870 miles of the rugged Wales Coastal Path; I also aim to set a record time of 21 days, mostly running but will inevitably include some hiking as it is a rugged and hilly old route. At this moment in time I will be unsupported but as the project is in it's infancy that may change so I would like to declare from now that I may become supported or part supported (when friends and family have the time to support they will and when they don't... they dont). It will also help pave the way to my dream, of making a career out of my passion… being a sponsored endurance athlete.
“Character cannot be developed in ease & quiet. Only through experiences of trial & suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired & success achieved” ~ Helen Keller
Read about some of my mental health experiences… I hope to share my message that there are alternatives that can be more helpful to sufferers.
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I found peace in running, the best cure out of all the therapies and medications that was offered to me. I must add that I love reading; about other adventures & races which have fuelled my imagination & inspires my dreams, my belief in my bodies abilities & they help encourage my dreams to be more powerful than my fears. #talkingmentalhealth
What is your idea?
To face my difficulties head on with a 870 mile run covering all the whole Wales Coastal Path. I Aim to average between 40 and 50 miles a day until I hopefully set a fastest time.
All of my past treatments have not helped a great deal, I got my self here with exercise but am still fighting inner demons. It was Benjamin Franklin’s qoute that inspired me;
“If you do tomorrow what you did today, you will get tomorrow what you got today“.
If I want something different for tomorrow I must do something different today… hence this project.
Why are you Crowdfunding?
I am crowd funding because simply I cant afford it, partly because my anxieties have severely limited my type of job choices and the belief in my self. I would really like to address the issue of my self worth because I feel that I have a lot of motivation, discipline, knowledge and good work ethic and if I can get my mind in the right place I will be an high achiever.
I have gone from house bound, unemployed & dropped out of Uni due to full on Panic and Agoraphobia… My Experiences; to running & cycling 6 days a week, covering 50 to 80 miles per week running, then took the massive step of joining Merthyr Running Club where I have quickly landed myself in the position of coach.
I will write a digital book about my experience and try to get it published, make a video blog throughout, you will get a place in the credits and a mention in my book, plus a copy. You will get signed photos, larger pledgers will get a canvass of a picture from the challenge, a picture of your choice. Bigger funders will get rewarded with their logos on my website #Dedic8 and I will use their logos on my race equipment and a flag for the main funder.
Any excess raised will go to Charity and much of the kit purchased from the funds will be sold after completing the challenge and also submitted to the charity.
Coastal path info… or if you have any questions for me then contact me here