Harrison Bott, a 19-year-old first-year on the University of Chester Men’s Basketball First Team runs 100 miles in just 24 days to raise money for Mind charity.
Harrison joined the University of Chester this September after moving from Derbyshire where he previously played for Derbyshire Spartans.
Following the nationwide lockdown, which stopped all indoor sport, several members of the University of Chester Men’s Basketball First Team took to running to maintain fitness levels.
“At first I was running to keep on top of my fitness after basketball was called off”
The initial goal was to replace the three weekly training sessions with a 5 km run, roughly the distance your average basketball player runs during a game. However, Harrison saw an opportunity to challenge himself further and help to raise money for a charity.
“…however, I soon realised that it’d be an opportunity to raise funds for a charity..”
Raising funds for charity provided “extra motivation”. He decided on the mammoth challenge of running 100 miles in 28 days and aimed to raise £100 for Mind.
“I set the bar at 100 miles as previously I had never run more than 25 miles a month, and always used to be scared of going above 3 miles on a single run. I believed that 100 miles were a solid number to get done in a month that was doable for me.”
To reach his target of 100 miles in 28 days, Harrison would need to run further than his previous furthest single run, and run just over 3 ½ miles, every day, for 28 days.
“I selected Mind as the charity as two months ago a close friend from school had the news that his twin brother took his own life. It put things into perspective a lot for me… it is a charity I believed many people would depend on over the lockdown. My close friend, who is one of the twins mentioned above, joined me for the last 6 miles”.
With the final push from his close friend, Harrison completed 100 miles in just 24 days, averaging just over 4 miles per day.
Mind is a mental health charity, offering a range of information and support services which are accessible via their website at www.mind.org.uk or by telephone 0300 123 3393.
Mind answer over 118,000 calls per year, spend 84p of every pound received on charitable work, and their resources are accessed by nearly 16 million people per year (2018/19).
Support for Mind is more important than ever, with Mind appealing for public help declaring “This Christmas we’re in a mental health emergency.” (Mind, 2020).
If you can, please support Harrison’s efforts, and the amazing work that Mind does, by donating: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harrison-bott.