Ready, set, go! Today (July 1) marks the start of Samarathon and the Samaritans Scotland team are taking on the challenge to walk, jog or run the 26.2 miles over the month of July.
As a flexible fundraiser, Samarathon, lets you set the pace, and complete the length of a marathon in your own way and in your own time.
This month, Natalie Stevenson, Chair of Samaritans Scotland, Rachel Cackett, our Executive Director, and Mairi Gordon, our policy and communications officer will all be taking on the challenge. Here we share what we'll be doing for Samarathon and why we're excited to lace up our trainers and support our brilliant listening volunteers.
If you are looking for a flexible and fun challenge that works around your life, you can still sign up for Samarathon here.
“The brilliant thing about Samarathon is that’s it’s really flexible so no matter if you are returning to physical activity, if you are completely new to it or if you are already an athlete, you can walk, jog, run, swim, paddle board the 26.2 miles however you like over the month of July.
For my Samarathon Challenge, I’m going the extra mile (pun intended) and completing a Triathlon in a single day. As well as running 26.2 miles over the course of July, I plan to swim 2.6km, cycle 26.2 km and run 2.6km in a single day.
During my Samarathon Challenge I’ll be thinking of the amazing Samaritans volunteers across Scotland who have been going above and beyond to be there to listen and of all the people they are supporting. Together we can reduce suicide and self-harm in Scotland and if by covering 26.2 miles I can help, then no matter what the challenge is, I will be giving it my best effort. I hope you will join me.”
Natalie Stevenson, Chair of Samaritans Scotland
"It’s great to have the motivation of an active challenge after this lock down period and I can’t imagine a better cause than raising money to help reduce suicide and self-harm and support our Listening Volunteers.
I’m going to walk my marathon over July (sadly, old injuries mean running doesn’t really work for me now) but I did want a bit of extra challenge, so I’m going to add in 3 more marathons on my bike. So that’ll be the equivalent of a marathon covered each week of July.
I know being out and moving makes a massive difference to my mental wellbeing too. I hope as many people in Scotland who can, join us in the challenge."
“As a non-runner, the thought of completing a marathon seemed about as likely as completing a moon walk! But Samarathon means that I can complete the challenge in my own time and at my own pace, making the thought of 26.2 miles seem much less impossible.
For my Samarathon Challenge I plan on completing the Couch to 5k Challenge, which helps you build up your fitness with runs three times a week. I’m only in week 2 but I’m excited to challenge myself and to support the amazing work our volunteers do to be there to listen, day or night.”
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