In 2017 ultrarunner Dan took on an adventure of a lifetime. He ran from Italy to London on his Rome to Home challenge and raised money for CALM’s life-saving services. In 65 days, one man and a backpack covered 1,100 miles to mark a five year recovery from a mental health crisis. Now, Dan is doing it all again in reverse and taking his family along for the ride.
It takes grit to take on a challenge like this. This time round, Dan’ll be almost halving the time it takes him to complete this run. He’ll be averaging 35 miles a day and completing this huge journey in just 35 days - imagine running more than a marathon every day for over a month - IMAGINE.
What got Dan to this point? Well aside from a shit tonne of running, it was Dan’s struggle with mental wellbeing that got him here. The stress and childhood trauma Dan suppressed for years triggered a breakdown. He lost touch with reality, was taken to a psychiatric hospital and diagnosed with bipolar disorder, marking the beginning of a long five year recovery.