HERON-RUN is a collaboration between the HERON and Mark Callaghan, which offers free running sessions for young mental health service users aged 16-35 years.
Mark, a running coach, approached HERON with a goal to share his love of running with people who might be at risk of experiencing poor health, but who may face barriers to engaging with exercise.
The first pilot HERON-RUN course was funded by the Maudsley Charity and took place between August and October 2017. Young people and their care coordinators took part in weekly 45 minute run sessions in Kennington Park over ten weeks, culminating in a 5k Park Run. Each session involved a warm up, drills, fitness challenge and warm down.
Over the ten week period, 9 young people and 5 coordinators came along on a drop in basis, with sessions supported by three HERON members. The sessions were aimed at beginners and were tailored to support a range of abilities.
We learnt a lot from the first pilot course and will be using these lessons to develop a bigger and better HERON-RUN course in 2018, to run earlier on in the summer to make the most of the daylight.
Information on how to get involved with the HERON-RUN course in 2018 will be provided in due course.
Read running coach Mark’s reflections about HERON-RUN here: