From Dundee to Dubai, California to Oxford, there are groups running (or walking) 5k and chatting along the way – all to benefit their mental health. And now there’s a Leeds group too.
We originally came across this lovely idea in the Yorkshire Evening Post, and now the Leeds group Organiser, Nia, has been in touch with GetSetLeeds with more information:
“I hold a weekly RunTalkRun group at 17:45 on Monday evenings from Anytime Fitness Bridgewater Place for a 5km jog. RTR exists to make both running and mental health support less intimidating, and more accessible. A person may have an urge to talk, but don’t necessarily want to go to a GP or a therapist. We think that peer support and community can help, and running does a rather lovely job at facilitating those conversations for us. There are so many reasons why running makes it easier to open up.
The RTR group in Leeds began in May earlier this year. The route begins and ends at Bridgewater Place and is a 5km loop along the canal. We meet at 5.45pm and then run/walk depending on how we’re feeling/the conversations we are having. The group is open to ANYONE and no one should feel intimidated to come along.”