PEOPLE in Redditch are being encouraged to run a mile – or further – to boost mental wellbeing.
The call comes from famed Redditch runner Dr Doug Richards who has been active in promoting good mental health for a number of years.
“During the week October 6-12 we’re encouraging people to run one mile or further and to have a chat with friends, family, colleagues or other runners,” said Doug.
“This can be done at a time and location of their choice or by joining one of the organised runs at an England Athletics club or RunTogether group.”
One local group that has got involved is the Crabbs Cross Chasers who are backing #RunAndTalk, a campaign supported by the mental health charity Mind.
The aim is to improve mental wellbeing through running and to break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it.
The event next month is supported by a network of more than 350 volunteer England Athletics Mental Health Champions.
“We’re often told physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds but having a mental health problem can make it difficult to get started,” said Doug.
“This could be for a number of reasons, from negative body image, or a lack of self-esteem to practical reasons such as having no one to go with.”
Crabbs Cross Chasers are organising a run on Monday, October 8 at 6.30pm from the car park opposite Merchants chippy in Crabbs Cross.
The run will be at least one mile and will include options for walking, jogging and running so everyone is welcome whether they are new to running, looking to get back into it or a regular runner.
To join the run visit https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/crabbscrosschasers or for more information call Doug on 01527 521079 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .