Everyone Active gyms across Southwark are encouraging members to run throughout December to raise funds and awareness for mental health charity Mind.
Two thousand five hundred runners have already signed up as either solo runners or as part of a team, pledging to run 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 kilometres during the advent period.
The scheme aims to help people stay active throughout December at their own pace – in or out the gym.
“During the run up to Christmas it can be tricky for people to keep up their exercise routine, although we know that doing a workout or going for a run is a great way to manage the stress of the busy festive season,” says Mark Basker, Everyone Active contract manager.
“A fun, inclusive event like Run Up To Christmas is the perfect way to set a goal for December and is highly motivational to help people achieve their goal distance.
“We encourage our members to be active throughout the year and we are delighted to support this charity initiative at Christmas.
“I wish everyone the best of luck reaching their target whether they are road running, out on the trails or clocking up the miles in the comfort of our gyms.”
Everyone Active runs gyms including Seven Islands and Dulwich Leisure Centres. Since 2017, its chosen charity partner has been the mental health charity Mind.
According to the charity, one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. But only a quarter of them will receive support.
To sign up to the challenge, visit www.runuptochristmas.com