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50 year old Paul on 50 half marathons in 50 weeks

by | 8th April 2024 | News

When former Plymouth Argyle physiotherapist Paul Maxwell turned 50 years old in July 2023, he decided to set himself a challenge – not only for his body, but his mind too. He promised to run a half marathon, every week of the following year.

Paul hopes it will raise awareness about improving your mental health, as well as raising money to improve facilities for patients and staff at Livewell Southwest and Devon Mind. His goal was to raise £2000 but he has since smashed that target.

Paul said: “It started on my own and it has developed to a good group of 20 people. We have currently raised around £8,500 so hopefully we are going to try and target £10,000.

“We are using the title ‘change the tape’, trying to change the thought process of your mind. Step into the unknown. Keep challenging yourself everyday and genuinely be kind and be a good person.”

Paul in yellow t-shirt, Ian in blue Livewell t-shirt by Burrator reservoir

Paul Maxwell and Livewell Southwest Chief Operating Officer Ian Lightley


Livewell Southwest’s Chief Operating Officer Ian Lightley joined him for run number 39 – a very windy and rainy 13 miles around Burrator on Dartmoor. Ian said: “It is the first time I have run this far. I really enjoyed it. It was great to talk to everyone along the way. They all have a personal story to tell about how mental health has affected their lives in some way. Paul has been quite open about his own journey. I think it is helping him, but also it is helping a lot of other people along the way as well.”

Paul is inviting anyone to join him on the remaining runs. “You don’t have to run a half marathon. You can run 5k, 10k, whatever you want. Just come and join us. Be part of the group of amazing people doing amazing things, raising vast amounts of money for two amazing organisations.”

You can keep up to date with Paul’s journey here Crowdfunding to Devon Mind & Livewell Southwest on JustGiving


Team of runners wearing blue Livewell Southwest t-shirts by Burrator reservoir