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#RunAndTalk to support World Mental Health Day

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Fen Edge Runners are pleased to be supporting #RunAndTalk an England Athletics campaign, supported by Mind the mental health charity, to improve mental wellbeing through running and to break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it. The event follows on from the successful #RunAndTalk event in February 2018 in support of Time to Talk Day which saw around 150 organised runs to support mental wellbeing through running.

The event is supported by a network of over 350 volunteer England Athletics Mental Health Champions who are active in affiliated athletics and running clubs and RunTogether groups across England to support those of us who are experiencing mental health problems. The support available includes helping people to start running, get back into running, or continue running as well as to improve the mental wellbeing of their existing members.

The #RunAndTalk campaign aims to improve mental health through running in England by:

  • getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma
  • raising awareness of mental health problems
  • supporting people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active through running, whether that is to support them in starting, returning to or continuing to run

We’re often told that physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds but having a mental health problem can make it difficult to get started, for a number of reasons, ranging from negative body image, or a lack of self-esteem through to practical reasons such as having no one to go with, or not knowing where to get started.

Fen Edge Runners are organising a run on Tuesday 9th October at 18:30 from Over Village Green. The run will be either one or three miles and will include options for walking, jogging and running so everyone is welcome whether you are new to running, looking to get back into it or a regular runner.

To register to join us on the run visit https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/FenEdgeRunners or just turn up!

You can contact Fen Edge Runners via their Facebook page, or email secretary@fenedgerunners.org.uk

The run is supported by our volunteer Mental Health Champions. Our friendly ambassadors, Les and Clare, have experience of mental health problems themselves or through close family or friends and are passionate about improving mental wellbeing through running.

Luke Renouf, chairman of Fen Edge Runners, said:
“Running is a great stress buster, and we are keen to show how increasing your physical activity can benefit your wellbeing.  You don’t have to be quick, or go far, the important thing is taking part and chatting as you go!  We are a friendly bunch, and we are keen to tackle the stigma associated with mental health and just get people talking about it.”

Join the conversation on social media using #RunAndTalk.

Search for and join a #RunAndTalk organised run at- www.runandtalk.co.uk

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