My aunt, Ophelia, died last year and she had suffered from bipolar disorder most of her life.

Admittedly, I didn’t know much about bipolar until after she died and I researched it. Speaking to friends after Ophelia’s death, there appeared to be a general lack of understanding and awareness of the condition. However, one common theme with bipolar is how much the support of family and friends can make a difference. Ophelia was fortunate enough to have a supportive network of family and friends around her which she very much appreciated.

In memory of Ophelia and to raise money and awareness for Ophelia’s condition, I decided to run a half marathon. I’ve always enjoyed running. When I was a child I used to struggle running even short distances. I regularly used to come last in the 800 metres which was not the kind of record I wanted! However, I persevered and now I can proudly say I’m a half marathoner having completed the Oxford Half Marathon in October 2018. I raised a total of £2,139.50 for Bipolar UK.

I’m glad that I have had the opportunity to raise money for bipolar through my running. Hopefully my story will help inspire you in the future to raise money for Bipolar UK.

Whatever the obstacle, however daunting it may seem at first, persevere. In the words of Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” I failed, I failed better and then I succeeded.