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Mind Over Marathon
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It's hard to find a better testament to the power of exercise as a tool for mental wellbeing than Rhian. She has PTSD and anxiety after her one-year-old son died suddenly of pneumonia. Her husband disappeared a few days after that tragedy and took his own life, leaving Rhian to raise their surviving children. It's an ordeal that would test anyone: “I can't let anything else bad happen to me,” she says.
Rhian is one of ten impressive volunteers with a variety of mental health conditions who have agreed to train for the 2017 London Marathon. Watching them train makes for an inspiring, emotionally charged programme, sensitively helmed by Nick Knowles.
First of a two-part documentary in which Nick Knowles helps a group of runners, living with or affected by mental health issues, as they train for the ultimate test of mind over matter - the London Marathon. Nick sets out to find 10 inspiring runners with a range of different mental health problems, and then follows their progress as they prepare both physically and mentally for the race, for which they will be running as part of Heads Together, a campaign led by Princes William and Harry.
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Full Episode Guide
Mind over Marathon reveals an important truth about the stigma of mental illness
"The judgement you fear from others can often be something you’re guilty of, too," writes Hannah Shaddock
Adam Woodyatt's son beats him in the London Marathon just months after coming out of a coma
What time did this year's celebrities finish the London Marathon?
Baasit Siddiqui from Gogglebox is live streaming his London Marathon run on Facebook
Meet the celebrities running the 2017 London Marathon
Marathons savour the physical exhaustion that was once everybody’s daily lot – and is now a privilege
EastEnders exclusive: Adam Woodyatt on the amazing story behind his marathon run - "We were really lucky"
EastEnders: Adam Woodyatt reveals dramatic weight loss after London Marathon training
London Marathon: meet the 'Ever Present' runners who have taken part in every single race
James Cracknell pips Jenson Button to the finish line in celebrity London Marathon race
Man dressed as Tardis leads the race of wacky London Marathon costumes
Call the Midwife's Helen George: "I think getting fit rather than skinny is such a good idea"