I’ve run all round the Tube for men­tal health

Sunday Express - - REVEALING INSIDE LOOK AT THE RED ARROWS TEAM - By Jon Coates

A YOUNG man who says he “hates run­ning” has jogged the en­tire length of London’s Un­der­ground net­work to raise aware­ness and money for men­tal health char­ity Mind.

Dan Sherry, 29, con­tem­plated com­mit­ting sui­cide dur­ing his morn­ing com­mute on the Tube after suf­fer­ing a break­down four years ago.

But after coun­selling and sup­port from the char­ity he re­cov­ered, quit his job in sports pub­lic re­la­tions last April and vowed to com­plete 30 chal­lenges be­fore his 30th birth­day.

He started by run­ning his first marathon and then cy­cling from London to Paris.

His tough­est chal­lenge yet has seen him run the routes of all 11 lines of the cap­i­tal’s 249-mile Un­der­ground net­work above ground, the equiv­a­lent of nearly 10 marathons in 11 days.

Mr Sherry com­pleted his Tube run last night after tack­ling the 36-mile North­ern line, start­ing at Edg­ware via Char­ing Cross to Mor­den and back via Bank to High Bar­net. The day be­fore he ran the length of the 44-mile Pic­cadilly line. At the end, he said: “I’m bro­ken but not beaten. My knees were hurt­ing but I kept hob­bling along.”

Mr Sherry, who lives in Berk­shire with his part­ner Re­bekah Don­ald­son, said the chal­lenge was in­spired by the dark mem­o­ries of his morn­ing com­mute.

He said: “There was a pe­riod when I first suf­fered with sui­ci­dal thoughts and I would get the train to work ev­ery day and my first thought was to jump in front of the train.

“I’ve got a great coun­sel­lor now but most im­por­tantly I have friends and fam­ily around me.

“I now have the most beau­ti­ful lov­ing girl­friend who would do any­thing for me and I’m in a much bet­ter place all round. It’s about get­ting out of my com­fort zone. I ac­tu­ally hate run­ning.”

Late last night he added: “It means so much to me to have achieved this feat, I could not have done it with­out the sup­port of those around me.

“If it in­spires just one per­son to open up about their men­tal health then it has all been worth­while.”

The long­est Tube route is the Cen­tral line at 46 miles, fol­lowed by the Pic­cadilly and the Metropoli­tan at 42. The short­est is the Water­loo and City, which is just 1.47 miles, fol­lowed by the Vic­to­ria line at 13.

To do­nate to the char­ity go to just­giv­ing.com/danielsh­erry.

Picture: JEREMY SELWYN/Eye­vine

MILE END: Dan com­pleted his marathon jog last night

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