Clevedon charity run to boost mental health awareness

PUBLISHED: 18:00 09 October 2018

Alex Burgoyne and her running group. Picture: Alex Burgoyne

Alex Burgoyne and her running group. Picture: Alex Burgoyne

Alex Burgoyne

A Clevedon woman who is ‘passionate’ about getting people up and active is hosting a charity run to promote good mental health.

Alex Burgoyne.Alex Burgoyne.

Personal trainer Alex Burgoyne hopes to help people like her who suffer with mental health to talk and get fit as a part of World Mental Health Day.

One in four people will experience mental health issues during their life and it is important to talk about it.

Alex, who is also a run club leader, is hosting a #RunAndTalk session today (Wednesday) as part of the Run Together group which is encouraging its club leaders to promote the benefits of running for mental health.

People will be able to walk, jog or run 5km with the cash raised going to Mind.

Alex Burgoyne.Alex Burgoyne.

Alex told the Times: “Getting outside in the fresh air and moving your body releases endorphins which help to boost mood, manage stress and make you feel better physically and mentally.

“Having experienced bouts of anxiety since my early teens, I always found that going out for a walk helped to calm my mind.

“In my twenties I started running with a friend and found it life changing – I was never sporty at school yet each time I went out I got a little bit better and I was hooked.

“Running has most certainly helped me to deal with my anxiety and this is what #RunAndTalk is all about.”

The route will see people start in the town centre before taking in the beautiful sights of Clevedon’s seafront and grade-I listed pier in The Beach.

Alex added: “I am passionate about spreading the ‘move more, feel better’ message.

“It is a great opportunity to get out for some fitness in the fresh air and do something positive for a worthwhile cause.

“It would be great to get some interest going, promote the benefits of running for mental health and raise as much money as possible.”

The event will start at the scout hut, in Great Western Road, at 7pm and costs £3 per person to take part.

For more information or to book, contact Alex on 07917 842614.

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