Running man Paul will stop at Bridlington during his 5,800 mile journey

A running man will be staying in Bridlington when he tackles a colossal journey around UK and Northern Ireland.

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 10:33 am
Paul Minter will be running the entire circumference of the UK and Ireland.

Paul Minter will be in town in late November, staying at Anchor Yard Studio founder Esme Short’s home.

He is trying to raise £100,000 which will help set up a special retreat for HEAD UP.

HEAD UP is a charity that provides mental health support for UK military personnel and veterans who are suffering from mental health conditions.

Mr Minter, following 18 years of service in the British Army, will be given his formal medical discharge on Friday, November 27.

The following day he will embark on his major challenge – running the entire circumference of the UK and Northern Ireland – a length of around 5,800 miles.

Mr Minter said: “In 2019 I was in a deep depression, suffering severely with paranoia, anxiety and other symptoms associated with PTSD.

“Things were not looking bright. But with a lot of hard work, digging deep and soul-searching both by myself and with some amazing individuals in the military, I am now in a place where life has light, promise and prosperity.

“The date for my formal medical discharge Friday, November 27, and it scares me!

“On the following day, the first of my adult life as a civilian, I will take my first steps of a run that will circumnavigate the entire UK and Northern Ireland with the help of the military family across the country.

“My goal is to set up a charity that provides mental health support for UK military personnel and veterans by establishing an armed forces charity retreat.

“My vision is to raise the required amount to purchase and maintain a holistic retreat where serving and retired Military personnel, inclusive of all services and who are in a dark place can go to find peace in themselves and learn basic and realistic methods to a brighter and more prosperous future.”

Esme said: “Paul is staying here as his recovery is partly centred around meditation, journaling and a plant based diet.

“My wellbeing centre will be focusing on those things and obviously yoga as an integrative way of healing.

“Paul and myself are trying to reach people who ordinarily fall below the radar.”

Visit Mr Minter’s GoFund Me link at gf.me/u/x9mnyh to donate to the cause.