Mind Behind The Marathons

On April 1st 2017 Peter Thompson embarked on the challenge of running a marathon within every country in Europe in consecutive days. This is his story...
44 Marathons in 44 days in 44 different countries


Running time

15 minutes

Country / Nationality

United Kingdom

Our Judges say:

Raising awareness for mental health this runner takes on the challenge of 44 marathons in 44 countries in 44 days, with all its highs and lows!

Anna Paxton

Love this idea to challenge your self in countries across Europe. Just keep running

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Peter Thompson has a love-hate relationship with long distance running. He loves the satisfaction it brings of completing a race but hates the impact the training has on those around him. When at an all-time low point he decided to take his running in a new direction. He decided to challenge himself. Back to back marathons is nothing new but Peter wanted to become the first person to run consecutive marathons in all 44 European countries. This meant finishing a marathon and then travelling to another country in time to start the next marathon the following day. This pattern of travel, running and sleep depravation pushed him to the edge of sanity. Armed with a handheld camera and a crash course in how to shoot a documentary Peter set out on his challenge.