On Sunday 9 June Sam McMaster will be taking part in the 2019 Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon on behalf of mental health charity MIND. His aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues in young men such as himself.
31-year old Sam McMaster has suffered with anxiety and depression from a young age and found it difficult to cope. He felt unable to discuss his situation with others due to a lack of understanding about what he was going through, often struggling to get up in the mornings to go to work. Sam was barely able to function and became isolated as a result.
Friends and family rallied around to help and he sought professional help and was prescribed medication and therapy.
Sam moved to Nottingham in 2014 and a year later met his wife Lauren. They have two girls, Poppy and Jesse who are aged two and a half and three months respectively. He suffered a relapse afterwards and his GP put him back on medication which helped along with talking about his issues and running which he initially took up to lose weight. As Sam reiterates, saying “Running takes me away to re-evaluate my actions if I’ve had a bad day and helps me through those times.”
Organised by Run For All, the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon is one of the most popular events in the race calendar that raises thousands for charity. There is a new city centre start and finish although the route is the same, a quality technical T-shirt and bespoke medal and post-race goodies.