Sore Legs, Smashed Target!

9 ATHLETES | 130 MILES | £2393 RAISED (to date)

There are a lot of sore legs around the Wellworking offices today after nine of our team took part in a marathon challenge for Samaritans.

Within a 24-hour period on 3rd October 2021, they walked or ran either a half or full marathon in aid of this essential service, Wellworking’s Charity of the Year.

Taking the hardest option was Philip Connolly who had been able to secure a place in the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon. Although not with the mass runners, he still took to the streets of London and toured the sights. This was despite a diagnosis of Planter Fasciitis six months ago which prevented him from running.

“The pain in this instance, I knew would be temporary. The satisfaction of a finish though, would last much longer. Maybe even a lifetime… I’ve oft repeated endlessly to myself, ‘a challenge is no challenge if it’s not challenging’. And so it proved to be. Would I do it again? Probably…!”


Among the other routes were canal runs, a round trip for a pub lunch, a hike along a long-distance path and a ramble through woodland.

The team agreed that although the challenge was harder than expected, it was far more enjoyable than they thought it would be.

“I now understand the importance of training properly for any kind of endurance exercise! The sunshine on the day gave me a boost but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again for a great cause. It never gets easier you just get stronger!”


Thanks to the generous donations from supporters, to date we have raised a total of £2393 for Samaritans.

This will allow the charity to recruit and train 10 new volunteers to make sure that when someone needs to talk, there is always someone there.

“This was an amazing challenge for such a good cause. Mental health issues need to be taken seriously and I’m proud of Wellworking for supporting Samaritans in their continued efforts to always be there for anyone who needs to be listened to.”


The fund is still open and we will be collecting donations until the end of the year.

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