²gether NHS Foundation Trust is supporting this year’s Cheltenham Challenge event which will take place on Sunday 22 June in Cheltenham
The event is organised by CCP and JTT Events and will start at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The Challenge is a multi-terrain event consisting of 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon and Ultimate routes which are open to both walkers and runners. Following parts of the Cheltenham Circular Footpath, Cotswold Way and Winchcombe Way, the event attracts a wide range of participants including experienced distance runners, families, community groups, school cross country runners, corporate teams, walkers and charity fundraisers. Participants can find out more information or register for their chosen distance by visiting the Cheltenham Challenge website at http://www.thechallenge.org.uk/
In 2014, the event is raising awareness of mental health issues and CCP has teamed up with ²gether Trust to promote the benefits of outdoor activity, exercise and Eco-Therapy as a means of helping people to cope with mental health problems. It may come as a surprise to learn that one-in-four people suffer from a mental health issue, and whilst the NHS is there to provide support and treatment, participation in an event such as the Cheltenham Challenge can provide real benefits which complement any clinical support.
CCP Chief Executive Cordell Ray said, “The Cheltenham Challenge is a unique event which offers range of challenges suited to any ability or aspiration. Whether this involves walking the very scenic half marathon route, or competing for a personal best time in the 10k, there really is something for everyone. For anyone who simply wants to spend some time outdoors enjoying the sunshine, the spectacular views and giving moral support to participants, we also offer a range of volunteering opportunities. By volunteering as a course marshal, you can take part in the event even without walking or running.”
The Cheltenham Challenge is also a popular fundraising event for both local and national charities, having raised over half a million pounds so far. Charity fundraisers are welcome to use the event as a means of raising money for any charity of their choice, whether a mental health cause or otherwise, with all of the sponsorship they raise going to their nominated charity.
Shaun Clee, ²gether’s Chief Executive said, “There is clear evidence that looking after your physical health can also improve your emotional wellbeing. That is why we are supporting the Cheltenham Challenge and encouraging everyone who can, to think about what moderate level of activity they can introduce into their own daily routine.
“We wish the best of luck to all participants and whatever their goal for the day, have fun and enjoy yourself.”