Rebecca Palmer, Fundraising and Communications Manager, writes:

A friend and I have recently started going for a short run once a week. The endorphins from the effort mean I always feel so much better afterwards! I'm sure you have something similar in your own life whether that's walking or cycling or going to the gym.

We know that the benefits of regular exercise are far greater than purely physical. Exercise is good for our mental health and can be a great way to make friends and feel part of a community.

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This is why I'm excited about a new running programme New Hope has launched in conjunction with Rachel, from Runningkind.

"Many people find that running makes them physically healthier, mentally stronger and more resilient when life is tough. It gives them time alone or connection to community, whichever they choose. Offering running for fun and recovery to the gifted, funny, wise and supportive New Hope service users is an absolute joy."

Rachel, Runningkind Volunteer

On most Friday mornings we are holding running taster sessions for beginners and some residents have already completed their first parkrun at Cassiobury Park!

What an amazing achievement!

A current resident has already achieved his Leadership in Running Fitness qualification from England Athletic (paid for through a grant from HopeCollege) and has done some fantastic work in encouraging other residents to give running a go.

"I'm amazed and exceedingly thankful that New Hope put me through the England Athletic qualification. I run to clear my head and feel at peace and would love to be able to help others experience this. I'm excited about what could happen and feel so positive. It's fantastic!"

Rebecca Palmer