I’ve run all round the Tube for mental health
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.
MILE END: Dan completed his marathon jog last night