On Sunday 9th October East End Road Runners hosted a #runandtalk organised run in support of World Mental Health Day, which is on Monday 10th October. The event was free to attend and held at a local running track. People could go along anytime between 9am-12pm to run as far or short as they wanted, and there were free refreshments provided by sponsors and members of the club.
Relays and fun running games were organised throughout the morning and 57 people attended with Mental health ambassadors on hand to chat to everyone and promote the benefits of exercise for mental wellbeing.
Two time Olympian and the UK’s second fastest female marathon runner of all time Mara Yamauchi joined the run as part of a reward provided by England Athletics to recognise the work of volunteer Mental Health Ambassadors across England. East End Road Runners have 2 ambassadors, Phill Minns and Bisi Imafidon, who promote the wellbeing benefits of running and act as a friendly face for anyone experiencing mental health problems who want support to run.
Mara said ‘A huge thank you to East End Road Runners - we had a terrific day running, doing drills and dynamic stretching, relays and generally having fun being active in the outdoors. Running is so beneficial for mental health, and it was good to recognise the importance of talking and running - connecting with other people while you're running makes it fun, sociable, and stops people from feeling isolated. Mental health problems can be devastating. It's important for all of us to listen to, support and never judge people who may be suffering. On World Mental Health Day, let's remember to reach out to friends, family members, colleagues and others who are struggling with mental health difficulties.