FOSMH Laces Up With Easingwold Running Club

12th October 2021

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There are likely to be many more people getting off their sofas and becoming fitter and healthier due to support being given by the Friends of St Monica’s Hospital (FOSMH) to Easingwold Running Club (ERC). As part of its successful grant-making programme for boosting physical and mental health, financial help has been provided by FOSMH to the club to train “Leaders” who can guide beginners on the Couch to 5K programme as well as facilitating other running activity.

Leaders are ERC runners who, after completing an England Athletics course, give up their time to provide guidance and advice to others, taking out groups to help them achieve their goals. The FOSMH grant pays for these courses.

Michael Bishop, Chair of ERC, said:

“The obvious knock-on gain is that this will help us when it comes to running our Couch to 5k programme in attracting people to the sessions. This we hope will have an obvious benefit to the wider community within Easingwold and surrounding villages.

In January and February 2020, we ran a Couch to 5k programme. This had the backing of, Millfield Surgery, who were pro-active in promoting this programme with many of their patients as a means to not only improve physical health, but also mental wellbeing as well. A number of people who had completed the programme had come from a referral via the surgery. It is our intention to resume the Couch to 5k programme but to do so we needed more Run Leaders. The FOSMH grant makes this possible”

Ian Jackson, Chair of the Grants Committee of FOSMH, said:

“This is another example of how FOSMH can be proactive in the drive for better health in the area. There was a need expressed by the Running Club, one that would have clear benefits for healthy living, and we are delighted to meet it and show the energetic attitude we have to initiatives of this type.”

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