A retired equine vet from West Haddon, Northamptonshire, Alice Sheldon, has completed an impressive feat to raise funds for mental health improvement within the veterinary profession. She successfully ran 38 marathons in 38 consecutive days, raising money for NOMV (Not One More Vet), a global charity that promotes well-being through physical activity.
Alice Sheldon’s passion for horses and veterinary medicine began at a young age when she was introduced to Smarty the Shetland pony. She pursued her dream, became a qualified equine vet, and started working in the field she loved. However, her journey faced a significant obstacle when she developed MÃ©niÃ¨re’s disease, a condition affecting the inner ear, leading to balance and hearing problems. Despite her health challenges, she continued working until she collapsed at a veterinary conference. Following this incident, she retired from her position at Towcester Vets.
During her recovery, Ms. Sheldon became acutely aware of the immense pressure and mental strain experienced by professionals in her former field. She observed that there was a prevailing norm within the veterinary profession to remain silent about stress and emotional difficulties. Determined to make a difference, she decided to raise funds and awareness for mental health in the veterinary community.
Ms. Sheldon’s running challenge was no easy task. Although she was no stranger to running, having participated in regular sessions, she had never attempted a marathon before September. Over the course of 38 consecutive days, she completed a marathon distance at various locations across the country, ranging from her own driveway to cities like Edinburgh and Liverpool. Throughout her remarkable journey, Ms. Sheldon received support from her family, who were accustomed to her taking on extraordinary challenges.
With her incredible determination and perseverance, Alice Sheldon successfully raised over $4,000 for NOMV. Her efforts will contribute to the charity’s mission of supporting the mental well-being of veterinary professionals worldwide. After completing her final marathon, Ms. Sheldon expressed a sense of relief and fatigue. Her accomplishment serves as an inspiration to others, highlighting the importance of open conversations about mental health and the power of physical activity in improving overall well-being.