COLLEAGUES from a well-known York real estate agent are taking part in a mental health charity run.
A group of six from the Preston Baker Estate Agents will run York 10k in August to raise funds for York Mind.
The run will be attended by Honor Davage, Anna Greaves, Megan Griffiths, Jenny Peacock, Julia Pease and Susan Preston of Preston Baker York.
Susan Preston said the York Mind was chosen because of the “essential work” the charity does for mental health.
The group talked about their personal mental health experiences, which were used to go through difficult training points.
Megan Griffiths of Escrick dedicated her run to her brother Ellis Griffiths, who unfortunately lost his mental health battle five years ago.
She described Ellis, 26, of Bedfordshire, as someone who “always managed to put a smile on your face.”
Megan said the charity Mind helped her at the time of her brother’s death.
Honor Davage of Barnsley dedicated her run to her friend Richard Wragg, who lost a mental health battle last year.
She said that Richard (30) from Leeds is a well-known character who is constantly laughing and joking.
Julia Pease of Leeds honors her friend Steve Macdonald, who lost his mental health fight earlier this year.
She described Steve as an “incredible man and a wonderful friend” who was always able to raise energy in the room with his “goofy laugh” and make sure everyone had a good time.
Whether you spend more time in the gym or set up running plans, the group is well on its way to training.
Susan Preston of Pool at Wharfedale, Otley, said:
“Training is going well; I run 3 times a week and the distance increases every time, so I hope to be a pro in August!
“As a result, my eating habits have changed to better motivate me to come, and I’ve already felt the difference.”
For some, running is not a typical activity, so this event will take them out of the comfort zone.
Honor Davage said:
“I did the couch by 5k, I’m not a runner, but I like to do it for a good cause.”
Susan Preston added:
“I wanted something to focus on as a goal for my personal fitness, but also to do something for a good cause.
“Mental health is so important to all of us.”
There are mixed feelings about the run, but the group said working with York Mind will help them cross the finish line.
Julia Pease said:
“I’m nervous and nervous about this event, but the reason I’m running keeps me down and I hope it turns into excitement on August 7th!”
If you would like to support the group, you can contribute on their JustGiving website: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/PrestonBaker10kfundraiser
Anyone who struggles with their mental health can call the York Samaritans on 0330 094 5717