Get ready to #runandtalk next week

Posted 25.01.2018

We’re so proud to be working with England Athletics again, this time raising profile for a nationwide series of #runandtalk events to improve mental wellbeing through running, in support of ‘Time to Talk Day’ on Thursday February 1, 2018.

Taking place throughout the week of January 27 to February 2, the #runandtalk campaign encourages people to run a mile or further as they chat with friends, family, colleagues or other runners. This can be done at any time or location, or via one of the many events organised by local RunTogether groups, road running and athletics clubs.

Time to Talk Day was launched in 2014 in a bid to get the nation together to get talking and break any silence around mental health problems.

It’s no secret that exercise, including running, has massive physical and mental health benefits. England Athletics’ surveylast autumn revealed that running in a group makes 90% of people happier and 74% of runners saying running is good for their mental wellbeing. What better reason than to call up some friends now and go for a run!

Liz Purbrick, Inclusion Manager at England Athletics, told us how pleased they are to once again support Time to Talk Day: “We are passionate about the benefits running can bring to both physical and mental wellbeing and ensuring it is an activity that is accessible and beneficial to all. We hope #RunAndTalk will continue to help to breakdown some of the stigma attached to mental health and support people to access the social, physical and mental wellbeing benefits that running can bring.”

The #runandtalk campaign is supported by mental health charity Mind as well as a network of over 420 volunteer England Athletics Mental Health Ambassadors.

To find your nearest #runandtalk event, visit this link: https://www.meetup.com/runandtalk/events/

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