#RunAndTalk to support World Mental Health Day

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.

During the week of 6th-12th October 2018 we’re encouraging people to run one mile or further and to have a chat with friends, family, colleagues or other runners. This can be done at a time and location of their choice or by joining one of the organised runs at an England Athletics club or RunTogether group.

The event is supported by a network of over 350 volunteer England Athletics Mental Health Champions who are active in affiliated athletics and running clubs and RunTogether groups across England to support those of us who are experiencing mental health problems. The support available includes helping people to start running, get back into running, or continue running as well as to improve the mental wellbeing of their existing members.

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.

Newark Striders are organising a run on Thursday 11th October at 6.45pm from North End Car Park, Farndon, Newark, NG24 3SX (by The Riverside Pub). The run will be up to 5k long dependent on individual needs and will include options for walking, jogging and running so everyone is welcome whether you are new to running, looking to get back into it or a regular runner.

To register to join us on the run visit RunTogether HERE

Or for more information contact:

Newark Striders on nstriders@gmail.com

The run is supported by our volunteer Mental Health Champions.

Jacqui Jackson, Chairperson for NSRC, said:

“Having heard about the #runandtalk campaign I reached out to the members of Striders to see if anyone would be interested in becoming a mental health ambassador. Instantly five very capable members came forward to act and with the full support of the committee we applied to the programme. We know the positive impact running in a group can have on mental health wellbeing and are passionate to show this to a wider audience”.

Join the conversation on social media using #RunAndTalk.

Search for and join a #RunAndTalk organised run at- www.runandtalk.co.uk

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