On Saturday 27th January Exeter Arena hosted a special Run and Talk event.
Mental Health Ambassadors from Women on the Run hosted the second Run and Talk event which is a campaign supported by England Athletics and Time to Talk, an initiative to end the stigma of mental health. The idea of the event is to help breakdown the stigma surrounding mental health and promote the mental and physical health benefits of running. In August 2017, Women on the Run set up a group of Mental Health Ambassadors with the aim of supporting existing and new runners to be more active and to promote mental wellbeing in the club.
The Run and Talk event attracted a group of 50 runners from different running clubs with a range of abilities. Leaders from Greenbow and Heavitree running groups came along to help out and runners could try a walking route that was two mile or run five mile run. After their social walking and running, the group followed it all up with cake and chats at the local rugby club.
“The mental wellbeing team has great support from the club and its members” said Elle Neal, who is a mental health ambassador for Women on the Run. “We are really looking forward to the next event and continuing to improve our support system.”