Spending as much time as he can in the wild Trail running, hiking and Obstacle Course Racing, Ben has a taste for all things adventure.
On the outside, he’s a fun, sociable and active guy with an obsession for all things outdoors.
But, after years of personal struggles, separation and divorce Bens condition, both mentally and physically started to deteriorate and he was admitted to hospital several times with exhaustion and stress.
After coming home from a normal days work, Ben had reached his limit. His judgement clouded by negativity and exhaustion, he attempted to end his life.
Ben survived to tell the tale and his recovery has been astounding. So astounding in fact that aided by his love for trail running and pretty much anything involving mud, hills, rivers and vast countryside he’s is often found running round the tops of the peak district carrying a car tyre, promoting the life saving benefits of running and general ‘Green time’. He uses the heavy car tyre as a visual representation of the extra weight we can all carry which unlike the tyre is usually not visible. In October Ben solo completed four ultra-marathons in just four days – running from Southport to Hornsea, a total of approx. 140miles, raising money for the leading mental health charity MIND. Still helping with his ongoing recovery many endurance events on the calendar ranging from a 69mile 1 day ultra run (Rat Race The Wall), regional fell and trail events right through to the annual coal carrying championships which involves a 1km uphill race carrying a 50kg(8st) sack of coal. Ben often goes by the name of ‘GetOutGetMuddy’ as that’s his simple mantra, as he says ‘Clothes wash, Grazed Knee’s Heal, but Memories Last’. His second chance at life has not only made him stand up and live his life more through his passion of running the great outdoors but he’s dedicated to helping as folk realise there is hope and a future and how outdoor fitness can help.
Panel Discussion: Mental HealthSaturday
14:15 - 15:00Inspiration Stage