Run and Talk


Burnden Road Runners are now one of a network of volunteer clubs in England Athletics affiliated clubs and RunTogether groups promoting mental wellbeing through running and supporting the aims of #RunAndTalk.

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.


Burnden members got together for World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10th October  to say why they run, hear the story's below.

Burnden Road Runners are pleased to be taking part in the England Athletics #runandtalk campaign.

We love running and we want to share the benefits of it with others, so come along and try our training sessions, we launched the club as being officially affiliated with England Athletics runandtalk on Monday 23rd September 2019.

Burnden Road Runners now have members appointed within the club as Mental Health Champions, Carolyn Barker began the initiative for the club to get involved in the rewarding program Run and Talk created by England Athletics and supported by the Charity Mind. The program has been created by EA with the aim of improving mental health through running in England.

The aim is to get people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma. Also to provide support and guidance to raise 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.


Hub of Hope - Mental Health Support Network provided by Chasing the Stigma. 

Chasing the Stigma (CTS) has launched the Hub of Hope - a national mental health database, bringing help and support together in one place, with a focus on grassroots organisations.

Click here to discover your local support organisations

 Burnden Road Runners are pleased to have Carolyn, Anne, Karen, Lee, Richard and Lawrence as appointed Mental Health Champions.

You can contact a member of the runandtalk team here at Burnden by emailingThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

So what do Mental Health Champions do?

Support - support Burnden Road Runners with an action plan

Engage - link with local mental health organisations

Tweet - using the #runandtalk

Share - share on social media using the #runandtalk

Talk - start conversations about mental health

Advocate - provide information and guidance about mental health

Volunteer - volunteer in wider mental health activity.


Visit the Run and Talk webpage to find out more

Come and join us, everyone welcome, 
find us on facebook or
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