Note for Your Diaries #RunAndTalk Inaugural Event:

The Windmilers marked World Mental Health Day in October with the launch of our Run and Talk Programme which aims to raise awareness, reduce stigma and mobilize efforts to support good mental health. Our first Run and Talk event will take place at 10 am on Sunday 24 November, replacing the traditional Sunday morning social runs. It will be a gently paced run which will provide an opportunity for us all to talk and get to know each other better (with option of shorter runs for those who would prefer). The run will be followed by an opportunity to carry on talking over cake or perhaps brunch. This is intended to be an enjoyable event for all members and we look forward to a great turnout.

As trailed in the last edition of the Waffle, the Windmilers have signed up to the England Athletics #RunAndTalk initiative. This programme has been created with the aim of improving mental well-being through running. Supported by Mind, the mental health charity, it aims to:

  • get people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma;
  • provide support and guidance to raise awareness of mental health problems;
  • support 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 aim to hold a number of runs throughout the year and other activity to raise awareness of mental and emotional health issues.

This is an important step for the Windmilers which says a lot about who we are as a club. We have a well-deserved reputation as one of the friendliest running clubs around. But we are more than just a club; we are a community which supports and cares for each other. We all go through difficult times in our lives and many of us will have suffered stress, bereavement, relationship issues or other life events which impact on our mental and emotional well-being. Many of us will have supported family or friends through their personal challenges. And we all recognise the positive impact running can have on our emotional and mental well-being. #RunAndTalk is about putting that into action.

More information about the Windmilers and mental health and the England Athletics Run and Talk initiative is here.