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Mind Over Marathon: Paul’s story

Last October Paul Plowman would have told you he hated running. But after a couple of conversations with mates and the team here at CALM, he was hoodwinked into running the 2017 London Marathon to see if training might help in managing his mental health. The twist is that this running adventure was filmed by the BBC as part of the documentary ‘Mind Over Marathon’, which airs tonight on BBC One at 9pm.

Here’s what Paul had to say about it all…

I feel extremely lucky to of been part of this project, firstly because of what I have learnt along the way and how it’s changed me personally, and secondly because of the people I have met, my fellow runners, the production crew and of course members of the Royal family!

Before November I had never run anywhere and did next to no exercise at all. Even though doctors and friends had told me that regular exercise would improve my mental health I was stupidly quite skeptical. Six months down the line I no longer take anti-depressants and I have found that getting out at least two or three times a week running has kept me more balanced and more in control of my emotions.

I was quite skeptical [but] I no longer take anti-depressants and I have found that getting out at least two or three times a week running has kept me more balanced.

Paul Plowman training for the 2017 London Marathon

Working on the this project has been the most surreal experience of my life. Nothing prepares you for cameras, sound guys, interviews, or Nick Knowles! But I can honestly say spending time with my fellow participants and listening to their stories has been awe-inspiring and I’m proud to call them my friends now.

Paul training with his fellow ‘Mind Over Marathon’ runners, presenter Nick Knowles, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry

I was absolutely petrified with the idea of being on such a high-profile television programme. I really was just trying to forget about it and concentrate on the marathon. After seeing the first episode I had a huge anxiety attack and was filled with dread that people were actually going to see this thing. Now its out there and people know about it, I’m just proud that our stories are in the public domain and that if one person decides to go see their doctor or even just go for a walk and stretch their legs then I’ll be delighted.

We caught up with Paul once he’d completed his 26.2 miles…

You can catch Part 1 of Mind Over Marathon on BBC iPlayer and Part 2 at 9pm tonight (Thursday 27th April) on BBC One.

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