Men walk 45 laps around Hollingworth Lake for mental health fundraiser

Date published: 14 June 2024

Two young men were left limping after 45 laps and 100 miles around Hollingworth Lake – to raise awareness of the connection between exercise and improved mental health.

Liam and Dan, from Castleton, got their walking shoes on Saturday (8 June) and set off around the local beauty spot, where they continued doing laps for over 21 straight hours.

Passers-by stopped to watch the men, who continued into the evening with torches, as they raised as much money as possible for mental health charity Mind.

The persistent laps around the lake were, say the men, a reminder that walking outdoors can support people who are struggling mentally and emotionally.

Liam’s dad David told Rochdale Online how the young men were limping after the epic walk, but otherwise emerged from it unscathed. He said: “Liam is a huge advocate for mental health and the connection it has with exercise.

“He’s big on the mindset change you get from physical activity, and really wants to help others too.

“Obviously he’s aware it’s a bit of a catch-22 situation, people who are not feeling great are less likely to exercise, but his point was to offer encouragement as well as spreading the word.”

The “ultra marathon” totalled just over 100 miles, and at the time of publication, had raised £1,642 for the charity.

After the event, Liam, 23, posted: “Holly Lake 100 miler done. buzzing with the turnout.

“Overwhelmed by the amount of people that came down to support and get some laps in and the amount of money we’ve raised for charity.

“Great to see everyone pushing their limits, unreal effort from everybody. Massive thank you to everyone involved and everyone who donated.”

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