- Wed 27 Sep 2023
On Sunday the 23rd September 2023 Nick Jewell, from Bradleys Estate Agents in Camborne took on the Man Up and Down in Portreath, a 20k coast path trail run along the North Cornish Coast, supporting Man Down Cornwall. This important non-profit group offer a safe space to meet the current emotional and mental health needs of men who are struggling to cope with everyday pressures facing them in our modern society.
Nick, who has taken part in the event in previous years, finished in an impressive time of 2hrs and 31 minutes and has also currently raised over £300. If you still wanted to donate, anyone still can following the link below to the JustGiving page.
Nick runs around 20-25 miles a week, but with a challenge as big as this, he had been training not just physically but mentally too. As he set off from Portreath, navigating the iconic, rugged, North Cornwall Coastline and ending at the Watering Hole in Perranporth, There were checkpoints at Porthtowan and St.Agnes, there were no cut off times, and every runner received a medal!
The reason Nick wanted to take part in this immense challenge is one of his friends, Ross Jackson-Hicks founded ‘Man Down’ after struggling with his own mental health. He has dedicated countless hours to the cause of reducing the alarming rate of male suicides in the UK, which currently stands at a staggering 115 lives lost every week. Regrettably, among those statistics lies the story of a friend of Nick's, Sonny, who tragically took his own life a few years ago. Sonny's family has generously permitted Nick to honour his memory by organising fundraising efforts for 'Man Down,' with the hope of preventing other families from enduring the heart-wrenching suffering they have experienced.
Nick commented; “Completing the Man Up & Down Cornwall challenge has been an incredible journey of physical and mental endurance. I’m feeling more than grateful for everyone that has donated as we have raised just over £300, which will go a long way to helping others.”