Tune in for the second and final part tonight
Documentary Mind over Marathon concludes tonight on BBC. Presented by Nick Knowles it follows ten individuals dealing with mental health issues attempt to run the London Marathon.
We were let into their lives last week and learnt about the challenges they face daily. All varying intensity and causes, they all shared one common goal to run the 23 miles around the capital.
The links between exercise and better mental wellbeing are well noted, but running a marathon is a completely different ballpark, with the marathoners enduring eight months of training
It’s estimated that one in four of us will face mental health problems in our lives during any given year. Therefore, Mind over Marathon is one of the most relevant and important reality shows that has hit our television screens.
The London Marathon took place on Sunday, and tonight we find out how partakers got on. Three of the ten didn’t run, Steve who struggles with intense anxiety pulled out in the first episode, while two female participants were unable to run due to injury.
When asked what she’d learnt during the process on tonight’s episode, Claudia whose back injury prevented her from running says: “It’s OK to not be OK, you can tell people how you feel,”
She told presenter Nick. “I just want to prove you can overcome severe mental illness and still do amazing things.
“And show people, something that I didn’t know, mental health isn’t a death sentence, it’s something you can live with.”
Mind over Marathon is on BBC1 tonight at 9pm. UK readers can watch the first part here.