Buy a Personal Training or Group Training session for yourself, and we’ll donate one to someone who really needs it, free of charge.
“In 2013 I’d found myself at the stage where I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror. People I thought were friends took advantage of me and I was powerless to stop them: in my eyes, I was worthless. There are only two reasons why I’m still here today, and they have become the reason I set up We Are The Antidote, to give other people easier access to the things that saved my life.”
Featured Run: Buttermere Circular Lake Run
If you're glued to your phone at any point during this 4.4 mile route, you really need to sort out your priorities. There's no signal in Buttermere anyway, so you might as well put your phone in airplane mode (you'll want it for photo opportunities, as there are many) and soak up the scenery on this very pleasant trot.
TRAIL SHOES - go and invest in a pair of Harmony Roads from Reebok. They're £44.95 in the sale and will stay comfortable through any walk or run on any Lake District terrain (just ask my friend Ellie who ran a 50km trail run in them a couple of months ago). You can even get them personalised for free so your mates won't steal them - they're a no-brainer.
CAMELBAK - grab yourself a hydration pack with some extra storage and you'll be a happy runner whatever the weather. I used the standard 2-litre Camelbak but I'd recommend getting one with extra storage pockets like this 3-litre version so you can stash your phone, keys, wallet and snacks in there too.
GARMIN - When you want to track your distance, pace and much more, you can't go wrong with a Garmin. My Forerunner 230 is a few years old now and if I could I'd upgrade to a Fenix 5X which includes GPS navigation built-in, a 'get back home' feature, offline music storage (Spotify-compatible) and even Apple Pay). If anyone has £600 to spare, you know what to get for me...
Donate a Session
We Are The Antidote: pay it forward by donating a personal or group training session to someone suffering from anxiety, depression or PTSD. If you’ve been there, you’ll understand just how debilitating it is and how hard it can be to get out of the house and socialise.
WATA exists to pair up empathetic fitness professionals - who’ve often overcome a mental health issue themselves - with individuals for whom training could just turn their life around.