Kirkcaldy man’s four mile run every four hours in mental health fundraising challenge

A man from Kirkcaldy has raised £1400 for Mental Health Foundation after completing the 4x4x48 Challenge last weekend.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 9:03 am

Kevin Peebles chose the challenge to raise cash for the charity after noticing that several work colleagues and friends were struggling during lockdown.

The challenge, which was created by fitness guru David Goggins, pushes participants to run four miles, every four hours, within 48 hours.

Kevin, a test rig engineer at Bosch Rexroth in Glenrothes, said: “I started the challenge at 8:00pm last Friday and finished at 4:00pm on Sunday, and raised £1400.

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Kevin Peebles.

"I chose the charity as a few of my workmates and friends have been struggling with mental health issues during lockdown.

"I run everyday as it helps me to clear my head - it helps me a lot mentally."

Not only did Kevin complete the challenge to raise cash for charity, but to also try to motivate people to get out and exercise as a way to help deal with mental health issues.

"I think if more people got out for a walk or a run it could help them mentally,” he said. “I hope that I can inspire people to get out of the house and to stop worrying so much.

"All some people need is a little motivation to get started."

Unfortunately, Kevin’s family don’t share his enthusiasm for extreme running challenges.

"My wife and kids think I’m off my head,” he added. “But running helps me and if I can help a worthy cause at the same time I’m happy.

"I ran my first marathon recently as well.

"I ran from Kirkcaldy through Thornton to Glenrothes, and back by Kinglassie.

"By the time I had got to Kinglassie, I had only done 18 of the 26 miles for the marathon and thought to myself, ‘what have I got myself into?’

“When I finally made it back to my house, my wife shouted out the window asking what I was doing.

"I shouted back to her telling her to throw me a bottle of water as I still had two more miles to go!”

If you would like to watch Kevin completing his challenge, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfoVZtQT6hc8PDzJEO-vubw

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