Finding my salvation outdoors
GetOutside Champion Ashley Beolens looks back on his journey with severe depression and how he realised that reconnecting with nature could help with his recovery.
For Gus Mckechnie getting outdoors is literally life changing. Born with cerebral palsy an adventurous spirit has meant he has stayed up right and in control of his disability.
Gus has set two world records on the rowing machine, completed 11 marathons, trekked round part of Mount Blanc and has completed so far over 105,000 miles on a stationary bike on board the Red Funnel ferries.
Sometimes his adventures have taken a different twist in 2007 Gus rowed around the Isle of Wight’s roads on a rowing machine on wheels. Gus also took part in the first wheelchair mile as part of the Simply Health Great South Run. He also writes for the Simply Health #millionsmoving campaign
Gus wants to inspire more people to get active including able bodied and disabled whilst demonstrating its benefits for mental health. He is planning lots of micro adventures as well as taking part in the 70.3 Weymouth Ironman Tri and trekking through Nepal later this year.