Run­ning keeps Will bid on track

The Hockey Paper - - FEATURE - Spon­sor The Run­ning Goal­keeper at www.uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/Goaleemarathon Fol­low his Marathon ex­ploits on Twit­ter @GoaleeMurph

WILL Mur­phy, the self-billed ‘Run­ning Goal­keeper’, has seen Derby HC rally be­hind their cap­tain af­ter The

Hockey Pa­per re­vealed his marathon ex­ploits in last week’s edi­tion.

Mur­phy, who suf­fers from de­pres­sion, will be com­pet­ing in the Vir­gin Money Lon­don Marathon this month in his full kit, in his at­tempt to raise money for Mind, the men­tal health char­ity.

The 30-year-old said: “It was in­ter­est­ing to see the feat of a fel­low goal­keeper, wear­ing chest pad and padded shorts as well as do­ing sub six hours. I guess I’ve now got a tar­get to beat!”

Tellingly, our ar­ti­cle also raised aware­ness among team-mates at Derby who were keen to ask Mur­phy about his ill­ness.

He ex­plained: “It was in­ter­est­ing having a few more club mem­bers re­alise that there’s more to this than just rais­ing money for char­ity, but that in men­tal health ill­ness, it is some­thing I suf­fer from.

“Those who hadn’t re­alised pre­vi­ously asked many ques­tions such as how long I had it, why is hockey dif­fer­ent and why the cap­taincy af­fected me dif­fer­ently.

“There re­mains a stigma around men­tal health and talk­ing about it still isn’t as free flow­ing as a dis­cus­sion about physical ill­ness.

“We still have a long road to go and the work of Mind will play a cru­cial part in this.”

Mur­phy’s train­ing has been slightly cur­tailed by a leg in­jury but this week he is set to ven­ture to his lo­cal gym to pound the tread­mill in his foam kit!

“Fail­ing that, the peo­ple of Derby will soon see me pound­ing the streets,” he added.

“It’s not long now, a com­bi­na­tion of nerves and anx­i­ety have kicked in, and do­na­tions are still wel­come as I’ve moved past the £1300 mark.”

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Keep on Mov­ing: Will Mur­phy

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