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Mind matters

A network of runners around the UK are helping to remove the stigma from mental health bl@Words Juliet McGrattan

Running can be a secret weapon to help you through the ups and downs of daily life. Once you’ve personally experienced how much running benefits your mental health, it’s hard to keep it to yourself; it really is too good not to share. England Athletics are so keen to use running as a tool for good mental wellbeing that they have set up a Mental Health Champions scheme.

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The scheme is one part of England Athletics’ #RunAndTalk initiative, set up to use running to improve the mental health of people in England, supported by the mental health charity Mind. #RunAndTalk wants to remove the stigma of mental health and get people talking about their experiences. It aims to raise awareness and encourage people to improve their mental wellbeing through running. There are currently 491 Mental Health Champions in 211 running clubs and RunTogether groups in England.

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About Women’s Running

We’ve taken a running jump into spring with our March issue, which is packed with inspirational ideas on how to go further, get fitter and run faster now that the worst of the cold weather is behind us. We’ve been out on the trails discovering new ways we can inject a bit of wild into our running: from fastpacking to swimruns there are plenty of ways to embrace your inner child and find new ways to love our beloved running. And if that wan’t enough to inspire you to leave the tarmac behind, read our interview with Emily Scott: last summer she climbed 282 Munros (that’s a mountain to the non-Scottish among you) unsupported, in one continuous round. And she’s on the lookout for her next adventure! We’ve also included the Big One: your training guide to getting round a marathon in tip top shape – whether it’s your first marathon, or simply your latest stab at a PB, we’ve got the plan to give you a strong finish. Our extended workout this issue focuses on arms: strong arms are vital for a strong stride, so we’re working on getting rock-hard triceps and biceps to pump our legs. And while we know that running is good for ourselves, did you know you could help others by putting one foot in front of the other? We investigate England Athletic’s Mental Health Champions campaign to support good mental wellbeing through running, and find out how we can get involved at a local level.