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Time to Talk

Published on Thursday, 9th February 2017

Neon Nights - time to talk campaign

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

#runandtalk aim 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.

And on ‘Time to Talk’ day on Thursday 2 February 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 whilst chatting with friends or other runners.

“It was fantastic to see so many people taking part throughout the week,” said David Earl – Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing.

“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.”

And Councillor Mrs Bridget Fortune, Portfolio Holder for Leisure (pictured with Neon Nights)  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, contact David Earl 01609 767202 david.earl@hambleton.gov.uk