Neon Nights backing runandtalk campaign

Neon Nights running club is supporting the mental health drive.
Neon Nights running club is supporting the mental health drive.

Northallerton’s Neon Nights running club recently held a number of friendly runs to show its support for a campaign which aims to improve mental health through running.

The campaign, called #runandtalk, aims is to get people talking about mental heath, share their experiences, and remove the stigma attached to it.

It also aims to support people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active through running either by helping them get started or encouraging them to return to running or keep running.

On Time to Talk day, led by the charity Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, which encourages people to have conversations about mental health – two special runs were held where runners could run one mile or further while chatting with friends or other runners.

David Earl, development officer – Health and Wellbeing, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people taking part throughout the week.

“Community running groups like Neon Nights give everyone the opportunity to come along and run. The runs take place every week, both in Northallerton and within towns across the district.”

Councillor Mrs Bridget Fortune, Portfolio Holder for Leisure added, “I would like to praise the people who had the idea and who started these local runs.

“It is brilliant to see that they cater for all levels and abilities and many who without the encouragement and passion of the run leaders would never have started running or continued to run!”

For further information regarding Hambleton’s Running Hub, email David Earl at david.earl@hambleton.gov.uk or contact 01609 767202.