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Published: June 9, 2022 | Updated: June 10, 2022

One down and nine to go as Andrew aims to run 10 marathons in 10 days for Dorset Mind

Andrew Hardiman who is running the equivalent of about ten marathons in ten days. Picture: AFC Bournemouth.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

AFC Bournemouth analyst Andrew Hardiman has embarked on a gruelling challenge to raise money for Dorset Mind.

The lifelong Cherries fan is aiming to complete ten marathons in ten days in order to raise money for the mental health charity.

Andrew completed the first marathon yesterday – from Charlestown to Downderry in Cornwall – and now has another nine to go.

In a Tweet he said: “A day of hills (4,300ft of elevation), rain, mud & cracking views (when it wasn’t raining).

“1 marathon down. 9 to go….”

He’d previously raised over £12,000 for Cancer Research UK after running a marathon for every goal Dominic Solanke scored in the 2020/21 season.

Andrew lost his father to cancer in 2020.

He’s raising money for Dorset Mind following the mental health journey he’s been on throughout the grieving process.

Speaking to afcb.co.uk ahead of the challenge, Andrew said: ‘I’ll be running from St Austell back to Bournemouth.

“It works out at 270 miles which is the equivalent of roughly ten marathons in ten days.

“This one is a continuation on my previous challenge.

“I obviously struggled with the grief and the loss of Dad so it’s to raise money and awareness of Dorset Mind and mental health, which is such an important topic.

“For me, running is a big thing that helps me mentally and I thought it was important to encourage people to talk and know that organisations like Dorset Mind are there to help.

“I’ve done marathons in the past, so I know the pain of a marathon, but ten back-to-back is something that I don’t think anyone can really train for.

“It’s unpredictable but I know it’s going to challenge me physically; I know it’s going to challenge me mentally but that’s what I wanted.

“The support has been massive.

“With my last challenge, the club and the fans really got behind me.

“It’s what the club is about, the community coming together to support me through my difficult times, and it really helped me get through this period.

“The support from those I know, and thousands who I didn’t know, was incredible.

“I know it’ll be the same for this one and I’m incredibly grateful.”

To date, Andrew has raised more than £1,100.

To support him, please click here.