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“I use running as a way of relaxing and ensuring I approach each day with a positive mental attitude”

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For Army veteran IAN YOUNG, running in the Durham City Run 5K provides a challenge, the chance to defend a title and a step towards competing in the 2017 Invictus Games.

Ian who turns 44 years old this weekend and is from Shotley Bridge returns to the 5K on July 19th after finishing in 7th place and first V40 in the 2016 event. Ian ran an impressive time of 19:05 and has recently run a sub-3 hour marathon in Manchester which he counts among his greatest running achievements.

Earlier this year Ian, an self-employed IT engineer, learned he had been selected to run in the 2017 Invictus Games which takes place in Toronto in September. Details on the Games can be found here: http://www.invictusgames2017.com/

The Invictus Games are an international sporting event for wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women, both currently serving and veterans. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country.

Ian told us:

“I was diagnosed with PTSD, Depression & Anxiety due to my military service in 2014 after hiding my symptoms for many years. After a long period of therapy I was able to pick my life up again and found that my running & fitness was actually a great therapy tool for my mental health. A fellow veteran said I should apply for Invictus so I did earlier this year. The selection is very specific: they check your military history and also your journey through the therapy sessions attended. There are training days to attend and it all accumulates with a team trial day for the sport you have chosen. Its been an amazing journey so far and I feel honoured and privileged to be taking part in this wonderful event with so many inspirational individuals.”

“I have always been an active sort of person from a very young age. I joined the army at 16 and found out very quickly that you need to be fit to be a soldier. I don’t class myself as a special runner although I am competitive I use running as a way of relaxing and ensuring I approach each day with a positive mental attitude”

Ian returns to the Durham City Run amidst a hectic few months including attending training camps to prepare for the 1500m race at the Invictus Games. Blackhill Bounder Ian’s selection was announced back in May at the Tower of London where he met Prince Harry. Ian can be spotted in the official team photo just behind HRH Prince Harry… on tip toes!

When asked why the Durham City Run had to fit into his busy schedule, Ian told us:

“I thought last years event in Durham was superb. I ran the 5k while my girlfriend Juliet ran the 10k. We both really enjoyed the experience and said we would definitely sign up again this year, which we have in the same events. I had a good run last year in the 5K finishing 7th overall and 1st V40 which I was buzzing about. The route, atmosphere and organisation was excellent along with running though one of the North East’s most beautiful cities finishing on Palace Green in front of the Cathedral and castle, whats not to like about it! Maybe the little hill at the end!”

We are delighted to welcome Ian back to the Durham City Run and wish him every success in both the 5K and in the Invictus Games.

For more information on Help For Heroes, please visit http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/

For information on the work done by the Royal British Legion please click here: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

Ian’s Invictus Games Athlete profile is here: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/see-the-difference/stories/ian-young/

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