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MARATHON CHALLENGE: Ruislip duo team up to run 240 miles for mental health awareness 

 Published on: 12th May 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two former Royal Marine Commandos from Ruislip have taken on a mammoth challenge to support a mental health charity.

James O’Shea and Josh Keeley both 29 ran 120 miles each to raise money for Rock2Recovery who aim to save and change the lives of those in the Armed Forces, veteran community and their families.

Over the course of April, the duo took part in the 120 mile Run To Your Oppo (RTYO) running challenge which is the equivalent to the distance between Ruislip and the location of their ex-Marine Oppo’s.

The challenge was created by ex-marine Jack Elliot after his former colleague and Oppo Sam Parkinson from Southampton who sadly passed away suffering with his mental health for a number of years.

James said that after hearing Sam’s story they needed to do something to help out and raise awareness to help families in the future.

He said: “Many of our ex-colleagues have battled with PTSD and other mental health issues, and tragically we’ve lost several friends, so this is a cause really close to our hearts. It’s important that people know there is help out there and where to find it. 

“Rock2Recovery is a fantastic organisation, that really does goes the extra mile to dos take people from rock bottom and help them recover. As well as fundraising, we hope to raise awareness so more families do not have to go through what Sam’s family is going through right now. We’re already raised over £3,000 and would love to get that up to £5,000.”

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