On 20th July 2019, 14 runners completed the Worthing 5k Parkrun, amongst them were 6 PBs and 2 First Timers. This marked the graduation of the One Step at a Time… Every Step Counts run course, founded by Heads Ons Marathon Man Ian Puttock.
Ian raised more than £3,000 last year for Heads On by running 5 marathons in 5 days, and used this money to set up two free running clubs on Friday afternoons at Worthing Leisure Centre, in conjunction with Sussex Recovery College, for staff and people under the care of the Trust’s specialist mental health services.
Although free to attend, the running clubs have been made possible thanks to the money raised from Ian’s marathon challenge with his sponsorship pledges being used to fund hiring the running track at Worthing Leisure Centre for the sessions, the purchase of specialist equipment, special run leader course training, bespoke running vests and medals for people graduating to the 5km distance.
Run by Ian along with two peer trainers who have lived experience of mental health illness, this club has the potential to make a real difference to mental health and well-being.
One member of the group said: “There is no doubt at all that my mental health is improved by running, and I have been really pleased to be part of the first Heads On Run Club.”
Another added: “What a great course. Thank you for all the motivation and encouragement. It made me see that I can achieve something no matter how difficult if I keep going and don’t give up.”
What started as a 12 week course has now become a rolling programme with the group meeting every Friday, 1 – 1.45pm at Worthing Leisure Centre. If you are interested in this course, you can visit the website https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/HeadsOnRunGroup for more information and details of how to sign up.