In episode 236 of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with Oliver Tennant.

Ollie is an actor and the Founder of Run4Hope, a campaign he has created where he is running 12 marathons in 12 months to raise money for men’s mental health charity, James’ Place UK.

In this episode we discuss how and why he started Run4Hope and his fitness journey into getting ready for the marathons.

We then explore how his skills as an actor have helped him promote the campaign and why he allowed other runners to join him on the marathons if they want to.

For Ollie’s mental health, we discuss bullying he experienced whilst at boarding school from his peers, suicidality, how acting gave him a tool to develop his self-confidence and self-esteem and the fresh start which acting school provided for him.

We also discuss how he came to terms with his bisexuality, accepting it and embracing it as he entered adulthood.

We finish by discussing perfectionism which the bullying gave Ollie as a scar, how he manages it and harnesses it as well.

As always, #itsokaytovent

Find out how you can donate to Run4Hope or take part in one of their marathons here.

You can follow Run4Hope on social media below:

You can listen to our previous episode with Andy Noon from James’ Place UK here.

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