NWR has mental health champions who have been selected by the committee to promote the links between running, socialising and good mental health.
Mental Health Champions are a national network of volunteers established by England Athletics as part of their run and talk initiative. Anyone can request to become a Mental Health Champion if they have lived experience of mental health problems either personally or via a close friend or relative.
Mental Health Champions are expected to start conversations about mental health and promote the benefits of running for supporting mental health. They are also involved in organising local Run and Talk events as part of England Athletics campaign. They can help to signpost runners to local or national mental health support services. They can advise run leaders and the committee on how best to support members mental health. Above all they actively encourage people to talk about mental health, supporting those with mental health difficulties and helping them to access social running activities. We welcome two new mental health champions; Tracey Carver and Dawn Nadin.
Over the last 48 hours the government guidance has changed in relation to being able to meet in groups of up to 6 outside your home. Following on from this England Athletics have also released guidance which you can find on the link below. This explains that clubs can start to meet in groups of up to 6 to train observing social distancing and hygiene measures.
We have discussed this as a committee and concluded that as we cannot fulfill both these guidelines and our inclusive ethos of everyone is welcome at our runs, we will continue with no club runs until further guidance is released. This includes any runs from our normal meet points on our normal nights.
We are aware that some people will want to meet in groups of up to 6 to run but we ask that these are not arranged in our sub groups as it could invalidate our EA insurance and cause confusion amongst runners. Of course we ask that you are also following:
✅ Keeping social distancing of 2 meters between each runner
✅ Regularly washing and sanitising hands
✅ Keeping within your limits and consider health and safety implications of your run for example if first aid is required out on a trail.
✅ That you are still following our inclusive ethos of not leaving anyone behind.
✅ Not meeting in groups of more than 6
✅ Not hanging around before or after running and make your way home swiftly (make it a chatty run on the way round instead)
As ever please respect everyone in this as not everyone will be ready for this next stage.