STAFF and students from Barnsley College completed a mental marathon achieving 753 miles in a day in support of mental health charities.

Their student union committee organised the 215-mile walking, running and cycling event after being inspired by former Barnsley College sport and exercise sciences student Matt Pinder.

The aim of the project was to further raise awareness of mental health within the college to support the ongoing effort to reduce the stigma around mental illness whilst raising money for mental health charities.

Three exercise bikes were also placed outside the SU for staff and students to ride throughout the day, and all departments collected the miles that they walked, ran, or biked on the day.

Ryan Swain, award-winning presenter and a Skateboard GB-registered coach, said: “It’s fantastic to be part of the event and not only to hold a talk on mental health and neurodiversity but to encourage students and people within the education industry to express their feelings and emotions.

“I enjoyed the spinning class because physical activity is a vital part of mental health.

“Physical activity releases a lot of endorphins and I’m a big advocate for that, so I encourage people to be as proactive as they can it can just be getting outside and taking a walk.”