Ian gets running for mental health

IAN Scopes is getting fitter every day.By training for this year's London Marathon on April 22 the 31-year-old dad-of-two is building up his stamina and strength, and he hasn't touched alcohol since the New Year.

IAN Scopes is getting fitter every day.

By training for this year's London Marathon on April 22 the 31-year-old dad-of-two is building up his stamina and strength, and he hasn't touched alcohol since the New Year.

All this effort is so he can complete the gruelling course and raise valuable cash for the Mental Health Foundation, a charity which has provided vital support to some of his friends.

Mr Scopes, of Heath Road, Ipswich, said: “It's the first time I've done the marathon - and it will probably be the last.

“By doing the training I have been getting fitter which is great. For health it has been good too and I'm running for a charity that has helped people close to me.

“I had a friend who had ME and so I have first-hand experience of the work they do.

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“And I also know people that are close to me that have suffered from depression and stress which is something that charity deals with.”

The thought of helping the charity is what spurs Mr Scopes on when the training gets harder.

He added: “It can be tough, especially when I run when it's windy. But until I do it on the day I won't really know what it's like because I have been told it is truly amazing.”

To support Mr Scopes, who is hoping to raise £1,250, visit www.justgiving.com/ianscopes.

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