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Local runner conquers mental health battle through charity challenge

Brandon Marsh and his friend Zachary Barnes have completed an incredible feat – six half marathons in just six weeks! They did it all to raise money for TAARC, the Telford African and Afro Caribbean resource centre.

For Brandon, this challenge was more than just a race. TAARC played a huge role in helping him overcome mental health struggles. With their support, especially the weekly football sessions run by volunteer Alex Richardson, Brandon found a way to cope and even prevent a suicide attempt. TAARC helps people in the community who are struggling, and Brandon wanted to give back.

It wasn’t easy. Brandon trained hard for five months, shaving minutes off his half marathon time. He even achieved a personal best of 1 hour and 19 minutes at Oulton Park!

“It’s tough,” Brandon admits, “but I always say to myself, ‘remember why you started.'”

Brandon is passionate about raising awareness for mental health. He believes talking openly about his struggles helped him move forward, and he hopes to inspire others to do the same.

Brandon’s journey is a testament to the power of hard work and determination. With the help of his family, friends, and TAARC, he has achieved incredible things. He’s grateful for their support, and for the support of local businesses who sponsored his challenge.

Brandon is proof that anything is possible when you set your mind to it.


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