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Suicide survivor to take on ‘ultra marathon’ for charity

Suicide survivor to take on ‘ultra marathon’ for charity

by Tom Martin (September 2021)

A MAN who attempted to take his own life on two occasions will run from Ormskirk to Runcorn to help raise awareness of male suicide.

Matt Bagwell, 52, from Brighton, is currently running 21 consecutive  ‘ultra marathons’ this month, totalling of 1,050km, at different locations across England to raise money for Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

The Ormskirk to Runcorn ultra marathon, which is 45km, is the 13th of the 21 runs and will take place on Tuesday, September 21.

He will end the challenge on October 1 in London.

He had planned his own death twice, but instead asked for help and discovered tools such as running and ‘breathwork’ to manage his depression.

Matt said: “Why am I doing this challenge? I’ve been there. I’ve literally stepped onto the edge, more than once.

“At the last minute, for love, for family, for a tiny glimmer of hope, I chose a different path.

“Now I want to share hope, because I know there are so many others across the country who are facing that same darkness.

“I want to raise funding for the professionals who save lives, every single day.

“When one life is saved, one person on the end of the phone paid for at Calm, then every step, every kilometre, every ultra will be worthwhile.”

Matt hopes to raise both awareness and £100k for suicide prevention charity through his event ‘Run the Country Ultra.’

To find out more or to donate o his fundraiser, visit https://runthecountryultra.com/run-the-country-ultra-join-in/

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