Guernsey Press

‘Almost 5k’ puts the fun back into Mind’s largest fundraiser

RUNNERS overcame hot and humid conditions to support the annual Mind 10k Run on Sunday morning.

The entry for yesterday’s Investec Mind fun run surpassed last year’s and should bring in more than £7,000 for the mental health charity. 32516277)

The run, which for the first time included an ‘almost’ 5k option, started and finished at the KGV.

‘We’ve had 320 runners here today, with about 50 in the “almost” 5k,’ said Mind’s marketing, events and fundraising lead Maddy Diligent.

‘We’ve surpassed last year’s numbers which is wonderful. It’s one of our biggest fundraisers, and a great event for our charity. I really want to thank Investec, KGV and St John for all their support.’

She said that there was a message behind the event too.

Pete Amy, the first man to finish. (Pictures by Luke Le Prevost, 32516281)

‘This morning was really about the connection between physical activity and mental health, which is one our island really embraces.’

The ‘almost’ 5k run measured only 4.7km, embracing the spirit of Mind’s #notperfect mental health campaign, and offered to those who preferred a gentler challenge.

There was a safari theme to the event with Island Games mascot Jet the Puffin joined by Investec’s Zebra to encourage participants over the finish line.

‘We are injecting the “fun” back into the Investec Fun Run,’ said Miss Diligent.

‘And this year we have edible medals, as we really want to get away from using plastic.’

The cookie medals, provided by local company Biscuit Box, were a hit with tired runners after the race.

The first woman to finish the 10k run was Vanessa King. (32516309)

Last year’s event raised £7,000 for the mental health charity, and with even more people taking part, Miss Diligent was optimistic that the total would be broken.

She said that as well as raising funds and getting everyone out being active, today was great opportunity to get everyone talking about mental health, especially as it was also World Suicide Prevention Day.

Helping at the event was Sarah Bamford, from the suicide prevention charity Talking Benches.

Sarah Bamford, left, and Mandy Le Bachelet, from Talking Benches, used the event to raise awareness of the suicide prevention charity. (32516307)

‘Today is all about raising awareness,’ she said.

‘We need an increase in awareness of mental health, and especially suicide, on the island.’