Mammoth running and cycling challenge for mental health charity

Louis Eguchi from Moreton Pinkney is doing a running and cycling challenge for MIND. NNL-180918-144613009
Louis Eguchi from Moreton Pinkney is doing a running and cycling challenge for MIND. NNL-180918-144613009

A Banburyshire man is taking on a challenge to run half a marathon and cycle 78.5km a day to raise money for charity, starting today (Monday, September 24).

Louis Eguchi will be jogging and cycling a combined 700km over seven days in aid of Mind.

The 27-year-old from Hook Norton is currently living with his parents in Moreton Pinkney as he recovers from serious mental illness, which was aided by the Elms hospital in Banbury.

“The hospital staff really helped me and the services of Mind have been really useful too, especially their online resources,” he said.

“It just feels right as I was doing more and more running I thought if I’m going to set myself a challenge then I’m going to raise money and give something back.”

Louis found exercise aided his recovery from anxiety and depression, losing 30kg since April after nine years of little-to-no activity.

He will be pushing himself to the limit before and after work in Oxford, taking in around 5,000 calories a day to make up for the amount of exercise.

Louis hopes his challenge will raise awareness of mental health issues and the support people need, as well as raising money.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/louis-eguchi