200 Miles

200 Miles

Since I last posted I have received both my 100 and 200 mile “postcards” I reached the 200 mile mark just a few days ago.

What can I say….. the running overall is going well so far I am currently just over a week ahead, hopefully I can continue at the same pace and finish slightly ahead of schedule.

I have achieved 2 personal bests a 10km time of 49:15 minutes and a 5km time of 23:47 one day after another.

Having said that not all of my runs have been as successful. Some days it’s a struggle, whether that is because I’m tired or my mind is occupied and I’m unable to get in the correct mindset.

As running is one of my tap offs for my stress bucket this can sometimes put me in foul mood. For me to get back in the correct mindset I start off by walking rather than running and this allows me to start taking my mind off things as well as loosen my legs of, once that is done I start uping my pace and before you know it I’m at my normal running pace in no time.

Thank you to anyone that has donated it is greatly appreciated.

Bike Fitness Programme

Bike Fitness Programme

get bike fit campaign

With special guests Weeble & Dog

Welcome to the

GET BIKE FIT

programme

 

This programme has been design by Mental Health Motorbike team member Martin Smith with unique and original drawings from Weebles World. It features Weeble and Dog and aims to get you fit, ready for getting back out onto your bike safely.

Remember to read the instructions first and read the legal bits. Please avoid doing this if you are medically unwell. Enjoy and we look forward to seeing you fit back into your leathers in a few weeks. Send us your stories…

Leah Tokelove

Leah Tokelove

Leah Tokelove

Senior PR & Events Executive Bennetts Insurance

Leah’s Story

Leah previously called herself the Hooligan with pigtails, started riding when she was just a kid. She grew up in rural Lincolnshire, and at five years old her dad – who used to ride a bit of motocross and on the road – bought her a bike. That Yamaha PW50 started her love for motorcycles – and speed. Nowadays Leah is working for Bennetts Motorcycle insurance in their PR and events department.

This is a video supporting the work of Mental Health Motorbike

Steph Jeavons

Steph Jeavons

Steph Jeavons

A living legend, true adventurer and inspiration

Steph’s Story

Steph Jeavons is an author, journalist, and adventurer who just (April 2018) completed a solo around-the-world (RTW) trip that took her to all 7 continents. A world first. The journey lasted a few days short of four years, during which she logged 53 countries and more miles (over 74,000) on a 250cc Honda than anyone who’s come before.

Born in Canada, she’s lived most of her life in Wales and considers it home. Even before learning to ride a motorcycle at 21, Steph Jeavons was unconventional, leading a successful school “uprising” to allow girls to wear trousers in the winter.

Prior to starting her RTW adventure, Steph Jeavons worked conventional jobs in accounting and Human Resources; and ran an off-road motorcycle school before leading desert motorcycle tours in Morocco. Unwilling to stay still for very long, she is currently planning to lead the first-ever all female motorcyclist trip to Everest Base camp in 2019—barely a year after completing her RTW.

As if riding RTW isn’t enough of a challenge, Steph made regular blog and vlog posts on her web site (www.onestephbeyond.com) and authored her first book, “Embrace the Cow: How to Ride Around the World on a Budget” in her “spare time”.

She also got caught in a Himalayan landslide on the highest motorable road in the world; rode Rhonda (her Honda) on Antarctica; visited, in turn, the hottest, driest, wettest, and coldest places on the planet; and graciously turned down six marriage proposals.

This is a video supporting the work of Mental Health Motorbike

Fundraising begins

Fundraising begins

So I started this challenge 23rd November and have currently ran 53miles which means that I have received my first virtual post card of the trip.

The web page went live yesterday and so far we have a total donation of £150 which is fantastic, so thank you to everyone who has contributed to this great cause.

It begins…

It begins…

On Tuesday we start the first ever MHM Mental Health First Aid course. This is a pivotal moment as it means the MHM national biker support network becomes a step closer to reality. What makes it more special is all the participants are all MHM moderators and ambassadors. It is going to be a special moment when this course kicks off, though knowing some of the characters it will be a challenge (but entertaining)!

A huge thanks goes out to www.andyelwood.com for sponsoring this event and making the magic happen. And to Iain ‘Gudgeon’ Fish for the image. More news will be posted soon and how this course is going.

What is World Mental Health Day?

What is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples’ lives worldwide.

The History of World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day was celebrated for the first time on October 10, 1992 at the initiative of Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. Up until 1994, the day had no specific theme other than general promoting mental health advocacy and educating the public.

In 1994 World Mental Health Day was celebrated with a theme for the first time at the suggestion of then Secretary General Eugene Brody. The theme was “Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World.”

World Mental Health Day is supported by WHO through raising awareness on mental health issues using its strong relationships with the Ministries of health and civil society organizations across the globe. WHO also supports with developing technical and communication material.

Relay event gets ready for launch

Relay event gets ready for launch

As we head towards winter already our plans are in-place for an epic event next May. We are preparing for the launch of the MHM Baton Relay event 2021. The last few days we’ve created publicity, a podcast, a press pack and this new web page. The project goes live so watch this space and see you on the 10th! which is World Mental Health Awareness Day

What I learned from Overland Event 2020

What I learned from Overland Event 2020

When you set out to do something new life will always throw you curve balls. You won’t have a moment to breathe, you will question is this the right thing? It will cost you personally lots of money, but if you surround yourself with interesting people who have amazing stories to tell and an adventurous spirit you start to believe anything is possible. 

Three days at the Overland event Has given me so much confidence and belief that what we are doing with Mental Health Motorbike is of life changing importance. I’ve met young people who rode 40,000 miles round the world on a scooter and sidecar. I’ve met world-class musicians who said we can use any of their music to assist our work. I’ve met women adventurers who are such + role models for the next generation of young women. I’ve met members of our team who are fighting the battle of their life but refuse to let cancer beat them. In short I’ve met some of the most incredible people in my life in one place in a field in Oxfordshire, my god what a absolute privilege this was.  

So what does this mean? Basically has charged my battery so full I know we just have to make this work now. Mental health is so important. There has been numerous times in my life where I have wished I was wasn’t here. I have two families that love me, support me and have brought me up well. But even that wasn’t strong enough to stop me wanting to end everything. Many people don’t have that support and I can’t imagine the loneliness to be on the brink of making that final decision alone. We have to do more to look after people and this isn’t rocket science to achieve. Suicide destroys families and rips communities apart and the relatives and friends are left asking WHY? with no possible answer to this question available for the rest of their lives. If we can encourage people to get the right support and give longer term support and hope this might be reduced.

Being in a field in Oxfordshire with Paddy, Saul, Nick and the Overland team I believe will be a pivotal moment in my life. It has really focussed my thinking that doing a small something is better than doing a massive nothing! They are really good people who have sacrificed a lot to make these events happen but my God what they do is good. 

Thank you Overland Team you are amazing and we will try to create another story worthy of going in the Overland story book. 

Thank you Paul Oxborough (MHM 2020)

Presenting a T-Shirt to our 400th group member
Big Announcement…!

Big Announcement…!

Today we want to share some amazing news…
Bennett’s Insurance have come onboard as a sponsor. Thank you for believing in what we do and giving us the support to help bikers with their longer term well being.