Published Jun 19 2019
Meet the Everyday Battlers, 9 courageous people who are taking their first steps towards overcoming the issues that have been holding them back in life.
The Everyday Battlers programme is an intense training course that’s been developed to push each participant outside of their comfort zone and help them overcome obstacles with the aim of completing a 10k race, something they’ve never done before. Along the way, they will be supported by Olympic Games experts, who will teach them techniques to help them to think like an Olympian and grow in mental and physical strength.
Bridgestone Ambassador, Chris Mears - who has overcome a significant obstacle of his own - and his team of Bridgestone mental coaches are on a mission to help more people overcome their obstacles too. If they can achieve something they never thought they’d ever be able to do, who knows what they will go on to do next.
Connor moved house, had a baby, and started a new job, all within one month. He found it difficult to deal with so many significant life changes at once, which resulted in him rarely leaving the house. He aims to overcome his anxiety, so he can be a great role model for his son.
Wassim has neurofibromatosis which causes tumours to grow on his body, making exercising very difficult. Despite this, he’s extremely keen to find new ways of keeping fit, alongside a support network of like-minded people who will push him towards the finish line.
Last year Rebecca was diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer, which resulted in her having to have a hysterectomy. At the same time, her son was diagnosed with Epilepsy. She's running to get back on track with her health after major surgery, to show her son that her diagnosis doesn’t have to change their lives dramatically.
After battling with his weight for years, Jim persevered and managed to lose 8 stone. He is now looking for a new challenge to propel his motivation for a healthy life even further. His aim is to be fit and healthy, so he can start a family.
Sarah is a single mother of three, who has raised her children on her own. Having overcome many difficult obstacles in her personal life, she wants to run to inspire others and act as a great role model to her children, showing them that they can achieve anything they put their mind to.
As a nursing graduate, Norman is no stranger to trauma, but his private life has been just as traumatic. He lost his partner to tragedy, leading him to change careers due to depression. He found love again, but almost lost his current partner to a knife attack. These experiences left him with severe anxiety. He wants to run to try and overcome this.
After the passing of his mother, Alastair developed psoriasis, which knocked his confidence dramatically. Additionally, the medication he takes leaves him feeling extremely fatigued. He wants to run to improve his health, bring more awareness to his condition and inspire others who feel limited by the condition.
On the outside, Karen seems incredibly positive and outgoing. On the inside, she suffers with depression and anxiety. Because her illness is invisible, it often gets overlooked. She wants to run in order to do something positive for herself, whilst raising more awareness and understanding around the topic of mental health.
Just 16 days after joining a gym in 2018, Adam lost his brother to suicide. This difficult period turned Adam’s world upside down, and he has had a hard time getting back on his feet. He wants to run 10km to prove to himself that he has the strength to move forward after a long period of grief.