Run Talk Run, the weekly 5k jog with added mental health support group, is back up and running in Leicester.
Run Talk Run’s mission is to give everyone a safe space to talk whilst also enjoying getting out and active. There is no set pace, no restrictions on abilities, and everyone is welcome.
The idea was born back in October 2017, when founder Jess Robson was in a very dark place with her depression. Finding London an overwhelming place to be during this time, she ended up at her parents’ in East Sussex most weekends in an attempt to escape the pressure that came with feeling like she needed to “keep up” whilst simultaneously battling dark thoughts, daily tears, and a severe lack of motivation.
Running was an outlet for Jess, and she discovered she found it easier to open up while in the outdoors… more so, than when she was sitting inside with her therapist! So Run Talk Run was born.
Organisers are keen to point out that talking is optional. You can share as much as you want to and newcomers may find they want a little time to get to know the group or the leader first. This is your space and time to use however helps you best.
Run Talk Run has now grown to be a global community, with thousands of people in different cities using running and talking to improve their mental health.
If you’d like to join in the weekly run is non-competitive and no pressure.
Leicester runs take place at:
• Victoria Park War Memorial at 6.15pm every Monday
• Syston Central Park Sundial at 6.15pm every Wednesday.