Support is all around for RunTogether Runners & Run Leaders
RunTogether is many things as we know. It's about being active, whilst having fun, friendships and supporting you and your fellow group runners.
What might be new to you however, is how the programme can support you and your fellow runners in ways you might not be expecting.
Last month, we launched #RunAndRevise and here we wish to remind you of how you can share this great initiative with people you know who are currently revising for exams. We also have a new round of #RunAndTalk sessions coming up (details also below).
Finally, RunTogether is pleased to announce that we have teamed up with some great new partners: Runderwear and Sports Tours International who can offer support and offers.
All you need to do now is to scroll down and check out how this additional support can help you and those around you.
#RunAndTalk RunTogether group applications now open
The #RunAndTalk RunTogether programme has been created with the aim of improving mental health through running in England. Supported by Mind, the mental health charity, we want to:
· get people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma
· provide support and guidance to raise awareness of mental health problems
· support 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.
And your RunTogether groups can apply to be part of the #RunAndTalk programme and appoint Mental Health Champions on their behalf. Applications are open throughout April. All you need to do is to register your groups and in doing so, help us to support who need to talk!
What can you/your group do to be considered for GOTM?
Do you want to nominate your group to be in with the chance of winning the next group of the month title, but not quite sure what the requirements are?
We have a formulated a list of things you and your group can do, to make your nomination stand out from the rest.
If you think your group deserves to be nominated then email us and make sure you include some great photos!
· All runners within the group are registered with RunTogether
· All runners attending sessions are registered and checked-in on the day, using both the Run Leader and Runner apps #BookCheckInRun
· Your group list public sessions on the RunTogether website, allowing runners to find you and book on your group runs directly
· Group location and directions (if necessary) are provided so runners know where to meet you
· Pictures and contact details of Run Leaders are listed under your specific group page, if prospective runners want to get in touch
· You/your group regularly post/share/comment on the RunTogether Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, so we can see what great things you are doing
#RunAndRevise sessions are now scheduled for 13-19 May
During Mental Health Awareness week, 13-19 May, 16-25 year old students are invited to #RunAndRevise and take a break from exam revision and improve their mental wellbeing through running one+ mile and having a chat. There’s some great links for exam support if you or anyone you know is looking for advice about coping with the stress of studying. Many RunTogether groups have already scheduled #RunAndRevise sessions, so search for your nearest run below – this list is updated daily so keep checking back! Don’t forget to share your pictures of your #RunAndRevise session on social media using the hashtag #RunAndRevise and tagging @RunTogether.
Runderwear has become the official underwear and bra partner of RunTogether and here's your 20% discount
Offering chafe-free comfort for fellow runners, Runderwear’s performance underwear is supremely comfortable, with no side seams or labels, preventing irritation and rubbing. Runderwear’s technical fabric is extremely soft, breathable and highly effective at wicking sweat away from the body.
As part of this exciting new partnership, Runderwear are offering all RunTogether Run Leaders and Runners 20% off their orders.
Take your running to new destinations
Do you fancy a new challenge for your group this year? What about a change of destination, some sunshine maybe?
As one of the largest sports travel companies in Europe, Sports Tours International have been taking running groups around the globe for 45 years, helping them to achieve their running dreams and experience some of the most brilliant running events around.
As the official active holiday partner of England Athletics, Sports Tours International will be offering group discounts to some international events and for trips to La Santa as well as special exclusive offers for runners from time to time.
Group of the Month RunTogether So Let's Go Running Bexley!
This fantastic group has had a busy month! With three Hearing Awareness sessions (which were done in complete silence with only visual aids, raising £140 for Royal Association for Deaf People). They also hosted their own Festival of Colour to raise awareness for the Indian Festival of Holi and they hosted a Mental Health Awareness workshop for 12 people, seven of which will registering as Mental Health Champions across their group!
With regular sessions listed on the website, always engaging with RunTogether on social media, and using the apps to #BookCheckInRun, they are worthy winners of the April GOTM title!
RunTogether in numbers!
- 97,245 Active Runners
- 826,962 Run sessions booked
- 2,246 RunTogether groups