On Saturday Sperrin Harriers marked World Mental Health Day. This year the occasion was particularly poignant given the current circumstances we find ourselves in.
The club’s chairperson, Maureen Mallon commented, “Running and mental health can go hand in hand. The sense of comradery and social interaction is invaluable, not to mention the obvious health benefits.
“This year has brought its own unique challenges and Sperrin Harriers have recognised the impact of Covid related restrictions on the mental health of members. For several months members could not meet and run together. The club provided challenges and incentives to motivate members to keep running. Members were encouraged to run to help us in our Virtual Run Around the World challenge. I know it helped a lot of members to get out of the house and run.
“At Sperrin Harriers we take mental health seriously. In the challenging circumstances we find ourselves, we will continue to keep club members’ welfare a top priority.
“Personally, running has got me through some very difficult times over the last few years. I have needed running for my mental health, yes it’s a cliche but I know that there are a lot of others who agree with me.”
In racing action, three Harriers competed in the latest instalment of the ChampionChip series held at Down Royal Racecourse.
In the 5k event, Connor Martin achieved a new personal best of 17.02. Richard Fox also ran well finishing in a time of 19.56.
Andrew Newell came 7th overall in the half marathon event finishing with a time of 1.22.21.