#RunAndTalk to support World Mental Health Day, Time to Talk Day & R.E.D January

Newark Striders Running Club are pleased to be supporting #RunAndTalk an England Athletics campaign, supported by Mind the mental health charity, to improve mental wellbeing through running and to break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it. The event follows on from the successful #RunAndTalk event in February 2018 in support of Time to Talk Day which saw around 150 organised runs to support mental wellbeing through running.

As part of our #RunAndTalk initiative we are actively supporting RED January this year and would love for you guys to join us! We know some of our members have already signed up and we think it’s a great opportunity to beat those January blues, stay fit, keep healthy and stay connected.

For more information or to sign up please visit their website: https://redtogether.co.uk/

Our Metal Health Champions have already signed up and will be organising at least two events throughout January for you to come along to & stay motivated. We also have the #RunAndTalk group on Facebook that can be used to arrange little get together runs/walks between ourselves for those who may need that extra support or for those days we wane in motivation (we’ve all been there).

After R.E.D January we will be organising a #RunAndTalk event in support of Time to Talk Day 2019 – Thursday 7th February. If you would like to take part you can sign up here or visit our Facebook page for more information. 

The #RunAndTalk campaign aims to improve mental health through running in England by:

  • getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma
  • raising awareness of mental health problems
  • supporting 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

We’re often told that physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds but having a mental health problem can make it difficult to get started, for a number of reasons, ranging from negative body image, or a lack of self-esteem through to practical reasons such as having no one to go with, or not knowing where to get started.


For more information please contact:

Newark Striders – nstriders@gmail.com

Becky Clift – beckyclift@hotmail.com  

Jess Gordon – jessiejbird@hotmail.co.uk     


England Athletics

England Athletics develops grass roots athletics and running in England, supporting affiliated clubs to prosper, developing more and better coaches, recruiting and supporting volunteers and officials. England Athletics provides and supports competition opportunities at an international (England representative), national, area and county level. England Athletics also delivers campaigns and products to inspire and provide opportunities for people in England to start running. These include This Girl Can Run (a running activation campaign from Sport England’s parent This Girl Can campaign) and RunTogether, a national recreational group-based running product. 

England Athletics is a signatory of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. The Charter sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle the stigma that surrounds mental health and help people seek support when needed, see more at www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/mental-health-charter.

For more information on England Athletics please visit www.englandathletics.org 



We’re Mind, the mental health charity for England and Wales. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We have a federated network of around 134 local Minds across England and Wales. Our Get Set to Go programme aimed to improve the lives of 75,000 people with mental health problems through access to sport in their communities, with support from Sport England and the National Lottery.

We work to remove the barriers that people living with mental health problems can face when wanting to take up a sport. We aim to increase and sustain their independent participation in mainstream sports as part of a healthy lifestyle.

For more information on Mind’s sport and physical activity work please visit www.mind.org.uk/sport