Running keeps Will bid on track
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.”
Keep on Moving: Will Murphy