Spalding river run for mental health

Running group founder Vanessa Browning.
Running group founder Vanessa Browning.
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A running club launched in Spalding to help promote mental health and wellbeing through exercise is organising an event on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Community Mind Matters Running Club – an offshoot of Community Mind Matters for people with conditions like depression and anxiety – is putting on a River Run.

The club gives people with these conditions the chance to meet, socialise, share solutions to problems and access help and the purpose of the event is to raise awareness of mental health.

The run will take place from the Little London end of London Road and will continue down to Albion Street. The run on the way back will take place on the other side of the river and back up to Little London from Commercial Road. It will start at 11am.

Organisers have agreed to introduce the Bank Holiday run to help encourage people to easily and informally get involved.

With a strong turnout, hopes are that the event could be later coordinated to allow runners to raise money for mental health charities.

South Holland District Councillor Jack McLean, who helps organise Community Mind Matters and the Riverside Forum, said: “We want a real mixture of people to get involved on Bank Holiday Monday.

“There are no restrictions on age or ability when it comes to mental health awareness, getting fit or enjoying our beautiful riverside. All ages and paces are welcome.”

Vanessa Browning, the running group founder, said: “If anyone is unable to make it to the bank holiday run, they can contact us for more information about the regular weekly running club.

“We also have other projects in the pipeline and would like to circulate an email newsletter in future.

“If anyone is interested they can send their details to vdearlove@hotmail.com”

Find Community Mind Matters on Facebook or contact 07761098517 for more information.