This Movember, Dan is taking part in IronMo to raise funds and awareness for Movember and men’s mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
He will be attempting to complete an Ironman 70.3 triathlon every Saturday of Movember and to celebrate finishing… he’ll do another one on the final Sunday.
Allegr 12 and IronMo coming together
There is an obvious link between Ben and Dan’s challenge, not least in their physical and mental ambition, but also in their cause.
Both challenges are about raising awareness and funds for charities which focus on mental health and suicide prevention, and it seems fitting for Ben and Dan to finish the penultimate weekend of their respective challenges together.
Ben will be setting out and following the Allegr 12x12 format on Kew Green, finishing at 7pm. Dan is going to set off from Pools on the Park in Richmond, before lapping the infamous Richmond park and joining the Allegr team on Kew Green to complete his half marathon.
The challenges are different, but their ambition and goals are the same. Helping to reduce the stigma of mental health awareness and encouraging people to reach out, talk about how they're feeling and be totally OK with not being OK.
If you’d like to join Dan for some laps of the bike, reach out to Dan on Instagram @danalldis or come on down to the Allegr camp from 16:00 on the 20th for a few laps of the run.
ON THE DAY
> Meet at the Event Hub
> Step on board the Movember Run-Train, which will come through the basecamp at approximate 40 minute intervals* - starting at 0700, Dan will be starting his run section at about 1600
> Run, Jog, Walk. Prefer wheels? -bring bikes or scooters .....1 loop (5k) ..... or more .....
> Enjoy the chance for shared, in person activity; celebrating being together, while fundraising for Movember
> £4 from each entry goes directly to Movember
> 10% off everything at The Cricketers on Kew Green
*Specific 'run-train' times will be circulated ahead of the event, to help your plans
** Kids go free - anyone under 16 doesn't need a ticket
Since 2003, Movember has been changing the face of men’s health, funding over 1200 programs across mental health awareness and suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancers. Every yeah, mo bros and mo sisters around the world grow moustaches, and undertake mo-ve challenges to raise funds and awareness for the charity. Find out more at Movember.com
From suffering, to supporting.
I found myself crying on my kitchen floor,late at night, having lost all hope of being able to control what was going on around me. It took me this long to realise I was actually struggling with my mental health.
To an outsider, it looked like I had it all... a successful career, loving relationship and instagram feed full of fun, happiness and laughter.
On the inside, I was totally broken from setting up a business in Dubai, a seven hour flight from friends and family and having spent the previous year living out of a suitcase in a hotel room.
I did what many men don’t. I picked up the phone and opened up to a friend.
Almost two years later, I’m still ‘not OK’, and I still struggle with anxiety and stress... but I have a much better appreciation for my mental health, what affects it and how I can manage it.
Triathlon almost certainly played the biggest part in my ongoing recovery and it’s my go-to ‘stress buster’ and by challenging myself through triathlon, I hope I can inspire others to open up and discuss their mental health.
Day to day, I’m now an advocate for healthy conversations around stress, burnout, anxiety and depression, and look to help others realise the benefits of opening up, accepting vulnerability and engaging in physical exercise to benefit our mental health.