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Monday Inspiration: Simon Buckden


Posted by Cags R under Marathon Running on 28 May 2012 at 7:35 AM

Simon Buckden is a retired soldier who suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder, he's taken on a truly inspirational challenge which requires both physical and mental strength:

My challenge is to run 100 Marathons in 100 weeks to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and fundraise for Help for Heroes.I took on the challenge because I wanted to raise awareness of PTSD and highlight it as a serious and unseen condition. I had also never run a Marathon prior to this challenge!

After fighting in Bosnia, you suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; how has this changed your life?

PTSD has dominated every part of my life, I call it a narrowing of your life, it would mean that I used to be a outgoing, fun and happy person and now I am a shell of the person that I was.

PTSD affects most things that you do and I have had up to 14 different symptoms,such as flashbacks, nightmares, hyper-vigilance, disturbed sleep, severe anxiety, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, avoidance issues and lack of emotions. It is very destructive and not to be taken lightly.

The physical demands of running 100 marathons in 100 weeks must be massive, what recovery tools do you use to prepare your body each week?

I have not found it pysically that challenging, I am very mentally strong and so I use this strength to overcome many things that might stop or put off another person.

I have had no major injuries other than tight muscles and have ran through colds and viruses in the different conditions that I have encountered.

I have no special recovery tools, I rest for a day after a Marathon and then run again and do core work at the gym and I try and eat well and have lots of protein.

What has been your marathon PB so far?

I have ran 3.09 and I was slowing down, I have also completed 27 Marathons under 4 hours.

What will be the 100th marathon and what do you think you'll do first after crossing the finish line?

I am still not sure what the 100th Marathon will be, I am hoping to have my own in Leeds so that I can be around friends and family.  After crossing the finish line I would go to my girlfriend and thank her for her support and then friends and family, without them you would struggle even more and its important to remember who is behind you.

What has been the hardest thing to overcome during your Challenge? 

The financial side as I do not work as I am retired and so it has been tough to fund 100 Marathons, and also recently being diagnised with cancer has been tough and unknown.

Yesterday Simon ran the Edinburgh marathon, his 46th marathon so far and his first since his cancer was diagnosed - now that's a bit of #MondayInspiration! 

You can support Simon's effort through his website and learn more about PTSD too.