Could you hold a #RunAndTalk event?

Could you hold a #RunAndTalk event?

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.

What is #RunAndTalk?

During the week of 27th January to 2nd February 2018 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.

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

What can your club or RunTogether group do?

We’re asking 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.

Organised runs are planned by England Athletics partners, affiliated clubs and RunTogether Groups. They are led by a UKA qualified leader or coach and finish with a social element so you can go for a drink or something similar afterwards. Anyone of any running ability can join a run even if they’ve never run before and are not a member of that club or group.  We encourage organised runs to include 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.

Organising a #RunAndTalk run

  • #RunAndTalk organised runs can only be organised an England Athletics partner, affiliated club or RunTogether 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.
  • Runs must take place between Saturday 27th January and Friday 2nd February 2018 (Time to Talk Day is on Thursday 1st February).
  • Runs must be at least 1 mile long but otherwise can be any distance of your choice.  Runs can include routes with various distances (e.g. a 1 mile run and a 5 mile run).  Runs can include walking, jogging and/or running.
  • Clubs/groups can specify age restrictions of their choice but the minimum age must be 12 years (accompanied by a parent or guardian) or 16 years (unaccompanied).
  •  Organised runs should be open to anyone including people that are not a member of your club or group. They should be suitable for all abilities to take part including new runners.

Registering a #RunAndTalk run

  • Once you've organised a run simply register the information here:
  • If your group or club is registered with RunTogether please also set up a #RunAndTalk run so that people can book in to your run.
    If you are not registered with RunTogether and would like to advertise your event, click here for instructions.
  • Organised runs can be registered from 2nd January to 25th January, however organised runs registered by Thursday 18th January will receive 20 free #RunAndTalk wristbands to help promote their event.

Promoting a #RunAndTalk run

  • Organised runs will be promoted nationally in England Athletics and RunTogether news and social media from Friday 19th January.
  • Registered organised runs will be provided with a publicity pack including tips for marketing and promoting your event, template promotional poster and template press release to promote their runs (optional).
  • Please use #RunAndTalk on social media when promoting your run(s).

Click here to download all this information in a printable format (PDF 170kB)

Supporting your Athletics Club or RunTogether group

The event is supported by a network of over 420 volunteer England Athletics Mental Health Ambassadors who are active in affiliated running clubs and registered running 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.

How to find a publicised run

Once Clubs and RunTogether groups have had a chance to upload their events, information will be published here on our website on how people can find one near them.

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