Set up a #runandtalk Organised Run and break down the stigma associated with mental health
01 September 2016
During the week of 8th-14th October 2016 England Athletics, supported by Mind the mental health charity, are encouraging people to #runandtalk to improve their mental wellbeing through running and to break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it. So why not set up a #runandtalk Organised Run during that week?
What is an Organised #runandtalk run?
The route should allow club members and the public (minimum age must be 12 years accompanied by a parent or guardian, or 16 years unaccompanied) to walk, jog, or run1 mile or further during the week 8th-14th October. You can also include routes with various distances (e.g. a 1 mile run and a 5 mile run) to allow for new runners and those of different standards.
(where possible on Monday 10th October to coincide with World Mental Health Day) either themselves (with family, friends, or colleagues) or by joining an organised run.
Organising a #runandtalk run
#runandtalk organised runs can only be organised an England Athletics affiliated club or a RunTogether / Run England Group. They MUST be led by a UKA qualified leader or coach. Other people can organise their own runs (a group of friends, colleagues, family members, etc) - they just won’t be listed on the event page list of organised runs for the general public to join.
Runs can be a regular club or group run or something additional to your usual activity. Why not have a social element afterwards so runners can keep on talking and to let new runners know more about your club/group and encourage them to run regularly
Organised runs can be registered from 6th September until 7th October. Registered runs will be promoted by England Athletics and via the event Facebook page from Friday 23rd September.
Promoting your Organised Runs
Registered organised runs will be provided with a template promotional poster and template press release to promote their runs (optional).
Please use #runandtalk on social media when promoting your run(s).