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Mental health spotlight in the runners circuit

From 13 to 19 May, Mental Health Awareness Week is bringing mental health and emotional wellbeing into focus.

The Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k is more than a race, so to celebrate the week we have brought together the best bits of our runners stories, with a focus on mental health.

Marie Birch, 41, from Grimsby had a breakdown on the day of the 2017 Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k.

Just one year later she came back and conquered her fears, running the race and enjoying every minute of it.

She said: “I didn’t plan to run the 10k.

“In 2017 I went to congratulate my husband and his daughter who were running it.

“There were lots of people in the park afterwards, I felt overwhelmed, started to panic, and then had a breakdown.

“Anyone who has ever had a panic attack knows that it is an awful feeling and very frightening.

“I sought professional support but what really helped was my husband’s suggestion ‘Why don’t you run next year’s Grimsby 10k to overcome your fears.’

“I crossed the finish line of the race a year later and walked into the park full of people and just loved the buzz and the atmosphere and had no worries at all.

“It was a great feeling that I was in the same place as I was a year before when I was having a terrible experience, but this time I was challenging my fears and not struggling at all.

“I’m proud of my journey out of that anxious place and I will always remember the 2018 Grimsby 10k as a huge personal achievement.”

There will be a Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k open day on Saturday 18 May from 10am to 4pm at the Humber Royal Hotel, Littlecoates Road, Grimsby, DN34 4LX.

  • Meet the race team (come and have a free brew with us!)
  • Ask questions about training or the race
  • Sign up
  • Running/training advice
  • Nutrition advice
  • Training Kit advice
  • Injury advice from a Physiotherapist
  • On the day entry offers
  • Running kit offers
  • Giveaways
  • Competition

Or runners can sign up at www.greatgrimsby10k.com.

Entry costs only £17 or £15 for affiliated running club members.

Entry fees are kept low compared to other races, in part because of our generous sponsors.

Entries are filling up fast so runners are encouraged to sign up quickly.

Local runner Charli Parkin, 25, of Cleethorpes, shared her inspirational story of the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k.

Charli said: “I started running after a big life change.

“I had just bought my first house and needed something that could help me balance my work life and the transition of living on my own to keep my mind and body healthy and I chose to run.

“Signing up for the Grimsby 10k gave me that push I needed to start training regularly and of course the stamina to keep going.”

She added: “I wanted to run the Grimsby 10k for a cause and I chose CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) which is a movement against male suicide.

“I was already an advocate of mental health because depression and suicide had affected my family and friends and I wanted to support the great work that they do.

“I have raised in total just over £1,200 for CALM and £250 for St. Andrews Hospice.

“Only compete with yourself and work towards finish lines not finish times.”

If you have a story to share about why you’re running the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k, please email info@tape2tape.co.uk.

The Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k raises thousands of pounds for local charities and brings people together to support the runners and the community on the whole.

First time runner Ian Jackson, 39, of Grimsby, shares his story of struggling with depression and anxiety.

“It meant that I put lots of limits and barriers on myself as to what I could do and achieve in life,” said Ian.

“I was fed up of living like that so in 2018 I made a New Year’s resolution to do things that I felt would have been too challenging.

“The 2018 Grimsby run was my first ever 10k.

“It’s something I’d wanted to do for years, but was always worried I wasn’t good enough or fit enough.

“Doing the Grimsby 10k is proof to me that I can do whatever I set my mind to.

“After the 10k I went on to beat my fear of flying.

“The big one was asking my girlfriend to marry me.

“Much to my relief, she said yes.

“I didn’t care where I placed; I just wanted to feel that I had accomplished something for myself.

“My fiancée Carol Ross who’s disabled ran the Fun Run on the same day, so we both achieved something we didn’t think we would.”

If you want to read the full stories visit to https://tape2tape.co.uk/latest-news/

The 2019 Ørsted Great Grimsby 10K takes place on Sunday 21 July 2019 and starts at 10am outside Grimsby Town Hall.

Runners enjoy water, sponge and sweet stations and a medal and t-shirt at the end to show friends and family!

Last year’s Ørsted Great Grimsby 10K helped raise around £15,000 directly for the seven charities from race entries, fundraiser places and other initiatives.

A £1 donation is made from every race entry into a fund shared between the event’s charity partners – Harbour Place, RNLI, Marie Curie, St Andrew’s Hospice, Grimsby Rotary Club, The Health Tree Foundation and Inspire TCI.

The total amount raised for charity is believed to be much higher after the many people taking part on behalf of charities are taken into account.

Hundreds of volunteering opportunities are also created for local people making the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k much more than a race.

Volunteers can sign up at www.tape2tape.co.uk/volunteer.

Entry fees are kept low in comparison to other race events thanks to the generosity of the sponsors.

There’s is also a 1k Family Fun run that starts and finishes under the same arches as the main race.

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