As Mental Health Awareness Week draws to a close. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you our new club Mental Health Champions.

Following a much-needed rethink by England Athletics, the Mental Health Ambassador programme has finished and now being relaunched as the #runandtalk programme with Mental Health Champions supporting the aims of the programme:

  • Promote mental wellbeing through running by supporting the aims of #runandtalk
  • Work with their club/group to support its members to improve their mental health through running.
  • Support new people who are experiencing mental health problems to start running, get back into running, or continue running.

Glenn Barker

We would like to welcome Glenn Barker as our Lead Mental Health Champion. He is also our most recent addition to the Black Pear Committee and is a regular Tuesday night group leader.

James Matheson

James Matheson was our original Mental Health Ambassador and is now taking on the new role of Mental Health Champion. James has previously led groups on Monday nights and runs the ‘most improved’ Run Britain Rankings scheme.

Meg Judge

Meg Judge is now a Mental Health Champion after becoming a Mental Health Ambassador for a short while before the role structure was reformed by England Athletics.

Kaine Pritchett

Kaine Pritchett is now a Mental Health Champion after regularly leading Tuesday evening groups and more recently helping with the organisation of the Sunday club runs.

We look forward to seeing the positive impact the club’s Mental Health Champions will have on members of our club and the wider community through the new #runandtalk programme. Look out for their posts and activities over the coming months.

All the best,

The BPJ Committee