Help young people to take a break from revision and support their mental health through running.
UPDATE (2 APRIL 2020)
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak, UK government directives and the shutdown of much of the education sector, we have made the decision to stop all activity for #RunAndRevise 2020. We hope to return with the campaign in 2021.
However, during the current period, whilst we are all affected in some way by coronavirus, we still recognise the importance of mental health as well as physical health. As part of the Athletics & Running For Everyone @home campaign, we have created a range of useful tips, advice and links to mental health support so that you can protect your mental wellbeing at that of others. Click here to read more.
We also continue to have additional mental health information and support through our #RunAndTalk campaign and our network of Mental Health Champions operating within clubs and groups.
Helping 16 to 25 year olds to #RunAndRevise
The #RunAndRevise campaign, from England Athletics and supported by Mind the mental health charity, encourages students aged 16-18 at school, or aged 18-25 at college or university, to take a break from revision, relieve exam stress and improve their mental wellbeing through running.
The campaign launched in 2019 with England Athletics affiliated clubs and partners, along with RunTogether groups and educational organisations, getting involved by registering to host an organised #RunAndRevise run during Mental Health Awareness Week.
Students were then able to sign-up to join an organised run, of a mile or further, to improve their mental wellbeing and to talk about mental health during this important study period.
Register now to host a run!
You can register now to host your #RunAndRevise run during 18-24 May! We are encouraging all RunTogether groups, England Athletics affiliated clubs and partner organisations to host a public #RunAndRevise session to engage new people with social running and to help make #RunAndRevise 2020 a success.
#RunAndRevise organised runs can be as part of a regular club/group run or you can organise a specific one aimed at 16-25 year olds or for a particular age range (16-18 or 18-25 year olds).
To register an organised #RunAndRevise run:
- If you are registered on RunTogether - simply login and tag the relevant run/runs* that are happening during that week. Add a tag at the bottom of the page when setting up a new run or editing an existing run by clicking the #RunAndRevise checkbox.
*please tag the run as well as the session
- If you are not registered on RunTogether - please click here to register your run information. Your run will be created for you and you will then be invited to update and manage your run on the RunTogether platform. This includes determining when the run is full to ensure coach/leader to runner ratios are appropriate. Please give us a few days to upload your run, we’ll let you know once it has been done.
When can runners sign-up to join a run?
If you’re a student aged 16-25 and you’re looking for a sociable and easy way to take your mind off revision and get active, then #RunAndRevise is for you!
Students wanting to sign-up to join a #RunAndRevise run will be able to do so on this page from Monday 20 April 2020. A search tool will be added to the top of this page where individuals will be able to search for, and sign-up to, a run taking place near them.
These runs may be hosted by a RunTogether group, England Athletics affiliated running club or through one of our national partners.
For anyone who can’t join an organised run, we encourage them to join in with #RunAndRevise by going for a run during 18-24 May, maybe with friends, family or colleagues, at a time and location of their choice.
Promote your runs
If you have signed up to host an organised run then we want you to be able to promote your run as effectively as possible. To help you do this, we have created a range of free-to-access, customisable and downloadable promotional materials on our MarketingHub. This includes posters, social media images and text, templated letters and also a range of support documents.
- If you are hosting your run within a RunTogether group, then you can access the assets via the RunTogether MarketingHub
- If you are an England Athletics affiliated club you can access the assets through the England Athletics MarketingHub
You will need to register a login if you do not already have access.
- If you are from an outside organisation hosting a run (i.e. a school) then you can also access the assets via the England Athletics MarketingHub
You will need to select the option to register as an ‘England Athletics Partner’.
Don’t forget to promote your #RunAndRevise session on social media using the hashtag #RunAndRevise on @RunTogether_ (Twitter & Instagram), @RunTogetherSocial (Facebook), @EnglandAthletic (Twitter) or @EnglandAthletics (Facebook & Instagram)
Please use the hashtag #RunAndRevise when promoting your session and tag and/or where possible.
#RunAndRevise, part of the England Athletics #RunAndTalk programme supported by Mind, the mental health charity, aims to help young people take a break from the pressures of exam revision and improve their mental wellbeing through running.
- 1 in 4 of us experience mental health problems each year, and running can help everyone’s mental wellbeing.
- Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years with around one in ten children have a diagnosable mental health disorder.
- 80% of young people say exam pressure has significantly impacted on their mental health.
Useful contacts and support
Study and revision resources.
Childline 0800 1111
Free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.
Online guide to life for 16-25 year olds. Straight-talking emotional support is available 24 hours a day. Chat about any issue on our moderated discussion boards and live chat room. The Mix offers lots of useful advice about exam revision: Revision Tips link Exam Stress link
Papyrus Helpline: 0800 068 41 41 firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides information and support for anyone under 35 who is struggling with suicidal feelings, or anyone concerned about a young person who might be struggling.
Parenting and Family Support- Family Lives (formerly Parentline Plus) Helpline: 0808 800 2222
Support to anyone parenting a child.
Samaritans 24-hour helpline: 116 123 (freephone)
Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope.
Youth Access 020 8772 9900
Operates a network of membership organisations which provide local information, advice and counselling services: the Youth Access website and helpline can direct you to services in your area.
Young Minds Helpline (for any adult with concerns about the mental health of a child or young person) 0808 802 5544. (general enquiries) 020 7089 5050
National charity committed to improving the mental health of all babies, children and young people. Provides information for both parents and young people.
#RunAndRevise is part of the England Athletics #RunAndTalk programme.