I’ve been a runner for around 15 years now. I’m not very fast, definitely would never win any races, a real middle of the pack plodder. But I don’t run to win.
I run because it is gives me a chance to clear my head, to free my mind and let my feet do the talking. I used to think that I was unusual calling running my ‘mental medicine’, but when I started talking with other runners, I discovered I was not on my own.
I found that the primary reason why so many people run is for the mental health benefits. Everybody has good days and bad, ups and downs. That’s normal. I run to keep the downs in check. But for some people sometimes things can get over-whelming. And that’s why I decided to run the Winchester 10k for the Winchester Branch of Samaritans.
Many people think Samaritans just helps suicidal people. But the reality is Samaritans provides confidential, emotional support to thousands of people who are simply struggling to cope. The Samaritans service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for anyone who needs support. Someone contacts Samaritans once every 6 seconds. Sometimes that contact can help someone decide to continue living.
Sometimes it just makes life a little better. As a completely volunteer-run branch, Samaritans can only be there, ready to respond, thanks to kind donations. It would be great if you would consider making a donation to ensure the Winchester Branch of Samaritans can continue its work
(If you would like to join the Green Team and help raise funds please drop me a line) Chris Washington-Sare