Making a run for Mental Health

Staff & Community
26th March 2023

The run down…

On Sunday 12th March our amazing team of runners (Faron, Erin, Courtney, Manuel, Jake, Luke and Kris) completed the Carlisle Half Marathon and 10k, in aid of our Charity of the Year, Mind.

We’re so proud to share that we’re continuing to exceed our original fundraising target, and now have a running total of over £2100! If you’d like to contribute towards our fundraising efforts, you can donate via our JustGiving page.

The Grain team joined 1000 fellow participants at the starting line at Brunton Park, before setting off up Warwick Road, past a number of our serviceable homes on Petteril Street, Broad Street and Lismore Street! Despite the chilly weather, spirits were high, and the team took off into Carlisle town centre.

Once through the town, the sun made an appearance as the team headed past some of Carlisle’s scenic parks, including Bitt’s Park and Rickerby. The Half Marathoners then took to their heels, heading to Linstock and looping back at Crosby on Eden, before re-joining the team on the 10k route. 

Smiles and medals all round at the finish line! 

A big congratulations to the Grain runners, and all the participants, volunteers and event organisers who contributed. Not to mention, the real stars of the show, Sue and Sophie – for providing some much-needed Haribo at the finish line!

How running can boost your body and brain

Aside from the typical physical benefits, running can also promote mental wellbeing.  

As your body works hard during exercise, your body releases endorphins that act as a stimulant in the body, otherwise known as a ‘natural high’.  

Here’s some of the benefits you can see from running: 

  • Improved mood and self-esteem 
  • Better stress and anxiety management 
  • Increased concentration and productivity 
  • Better sleep 
  • Exposure to the sun can produce vitamin D 

Why not try it for yourself?

Join our fight for mental health

Mental health charity, Mind, fight to ensure those with mental health problems receive the support and respect they deserve. They not only provide advice and support to empower those experiencing mental health issues, but they also campaign for better services, educate people and raise awareness. 

At Grain, we too believe that nobody should feel alone in their mental health problems, which is why we’re proud to be able to support the charity in this way. 

Donate here today: Just Giving Page or visit the Mind website for more info: Want to join our team? Have a look at our current vacancies

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