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Run and Talk 2021

During the week of 20-26 September 2021, Burnden Road Runners will be taking part in #RunAndTalk Week – part of the #RunAndTalk campaign created by England Athletics, and supported by Mind – the mental health charity. 

#RunAndTalk Week places a focus on improving mental wellbeing through running – encouraging people to help break the stigma around the subject by meeting for a run and discussing mental health.

This year’s #RunAndTalk Week will take place from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 September – to coincide with World Gratitude Day on Tuesday 21 September. After the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the campaign is also promoting talking about the positives in our lives and the things we’re all grateful for.

Statistics show that one in five adults have recently experienced depressive symptoms compared to one in ten before the Covid-19 pandemic began1. During the initial lockdown, it was also reported that three in five adults, and two in three young people, said their mental health had worsened2. 

We’re delighted to be hosting an organised #RunAndTalk Week run, our event will be at Moss Bank Park on Saturday 25th September from 2pm-3,30pm where there will be a 1 mile walk and and 3 mile run. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to talk about mental health while enjoying a run. We really hope we’ll see newcomers signing up to the run as well as our current members – anyone of any ability is welcome!.”

#RunAndTalk Week is encouraging everyone to join in and run one mile or further while having a chat during the 20-26 September. 

Organised runs are led by a UKA qualified leader or coach and some runs will also have a volunteer Mental Health Champion joining in. All the Champions have lived experience of mental health problems themselves or through close family or friends and are passionate about improving mental wellbeing through running.

Whether you plan to sign-up for the run with Burnden Road Runners, or if you just want to help spread the word, you can share information and encourage people to take part using #RunAndTalk and @EnglandAthletic (Twitter) or @EnglandAthletics (Facebook/Instagram) on social media.

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