When John Durrant pounds the streets during the London Marathon he will be doing it for a cause close to his heart.
Over the years John has had close members of his family affected by mental health problems, including undergoing hospital treatment.
Part of the reason for running for Mind is to promote the aim of parity of care and resources for mental health as there is for physical healthJohn Durrant
John, aged 51, said: “Mental health is still a bit of a taboo subject. It can be such a cruel illness and has a big impact on families of those affected by it.
“It’s on a level with some severe physical illnesses but it does not get the recognition or support it needs.”
John, of College Drive, Milverton, has set himself a target of raising at least £1,750 for the mental health charity Mind.
“Part of the reason for running for Mind is to promote the aim of parity of care and resources for mental health as there is for physical health.”
The London Marathon is on April 26 and he said: “If I can do it in anything under four hours and 30 minutes, I will be pleased with that. It’s difficult to set a pace with the crowd egging everyone on and the weather can affect it. If it’s too hot the pace will be slower.”
It is his first marathon, but John is no stranger to physical pursuits – he cycles around 90 miles a week to his job on the Coventry Business Park, where he is an auditor with Ofqual.
He is part of a team which checks that education institutions have mechanisms in place to ensure qualifications are valid and fit for purpose.
John was running around 30 miles a week, with training including swimming and strength routines, but that has gradually reduced as the marathon nears. He added: “Through recovery and rest you have the strength with lots of energy for the big run.”
His wife Ceri and teenage daughters Lydia and Alice also run, but not to marathon standard.
John’s fundraising site is www.justgiving.com/John-Durrant2