This Girl Runs

This Girl Runs and SheRunsChelmford deliver running groups and training activities, with a focus on getting fit and healthy while improving mental health. With ambassadors from the local running community, leaders are also trained to support their members with a range of mental health issues.

Boudavida Women's Sports Beneficiary This Girl Runs

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Describe the purpose of the project?

SheRunsChelmsford & SheRunsSouthend, along with WomenTime, deliver running activities while sharing life experiences and worries. We ask women to pledge to be active where they receive a free pair of trainers donated by other women. Women share their tips for progress in running and it allows women their own time to get out and explore and improve all-round fitness. Coaches who deliver not only have qualifications in running but also Mental health first aid training so women can feel at ease discussing issues or barriers they are facing.

Who is the project run by?

The project is managed by Hayley Pegg - a ThisGirlCan Ambassador in Essex - along with the other ambassadors.

What are your goals and ambitions for the project?

We hope to enable women to build a life-long love with running and create fully inclusive groups where no matter, age, ability or experiences everyone is welcome. We would like all members to take part in Mental Health First Aid courses so they can spot signs in others.

What will you put the Boudavida donation towards?

The donation will go towards Mental Health First aid training and also the CPD training of the coaches.

What would your motivational running quote be?

Strive for progress, not perfection.

What has been the greatest success of the project so far?

The greatest success of the project is receiving 100 pairs of trainers from women who want to help other women to be active. We have also helped women who suffer from Agoraphobia to attend sessions and become a runner.

Boudavida Women's Sport Beneficiary This Girl Runs