Andrew Thurgate is overcoming mental ill health through cycling, and is set to bike across the UK A St Austell man, who is trying to overcome mental ill-health after suffering a breakdown, is taking on a bike-packing challenge across the UK to raise cash for local mental health charities. Andrew Thurgate was inspired to support Cornwall Mind and Man Down Cornwall by cycling the GB Divide, a 1, 200 mile bike-packing challenge from John o’ Groats to Land’s End, after a meeting with one of the support groups changed his life.
The 48-year-old man, who said his "whole world fell apart" during his lowest period of mental ill-health in December 2021, will hit the road for three weeks in September starting off at John o’ Groats in an attempt to raise thousands of pounds for his chosen charities as well as the profile of mental health – especially men’s mental health.
When reflecting back on the time leading up to his breakdown, Andrew said: "I had my work-life balance wrong for a long time. I spent all my hours working as a self-employed heating engineer, and I had a busy home life as well. Depression crept up on me. I was a very grumpy and miserable person – I didn’t know how to enjoy myself, I forgot how to socialise and have fun."
Andrew explained he and his long-term partner at the time had a property together that they were renovating which resulted in him working around the clock. He said: "I […]