Runner's World (UK)

LET’S GET DIGITAL

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Virtual run club Run Things is offering people

a lifeline during these testing times

‘MY DAD KILLED HIMSELF WHEN I WAS

19,’ says Kevin Betts, ‘And running, even though I didn’t realise it at the time, was a sort of therapy for me. I could run so hard that I’d want to vomit, or

I could run so gently that I would lose myself.’

Kevin is 36, works as a personal trainer for the mental health charity Mind and over the last three years he has also developed Run Things. He and his business partner, Clare Rixon, started the virtual running club

‘to help people build a relationsh­ip between their physical and mental health, and stay healthy’.

While the many benefits of running for our mental health are widely known, the act of running can be intimidati­ng, especially in clubs where runners may be at different levels of fitness.

‘We wanted to help those who have mental health issues, social anxiety or are isolated and don’t have access to people,’ explains Kevin, ‘so we decided to create a running club, purely virtual, with everything a physical running club would have, apart from the physical meet-ups.’

With people being told to self-isolate and avoid social gatherings, the need for virtual running clubs has

 ??  ?? THE LINE OF COMMUNICAT­ION Run Things founders Clare Rixon and
Kevin Betts
THE LINE OF COMMUNICAT­ION Run Things founders Clare Rixon and Kevin Betts

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