A BOLTON running club is encouraging people to take up the sport to improve mental health.

Burnden Road Runners are hosting a 'run and talk' event on Saturday.

The event, part of a campaign by England Athletics, encourages people to run a mile or more while chatting with friends, colleagues, or other runners.

Karen Smith, one of the organisers of the event, said: “We saw that England Athletics were running this and it’s what we want to do as a club so it just made sense to us.

“All of the runners have experienced the benefits of running for overall wellbeing, but mental health benefits even more.

“The event is meant to be a welcome point for people to come and see the club and the people as we will do our best to support those that come along.”

The hour-long run starts at 2pm at Smithills Hall, with coffee and cake served afterwards until 3.45pm.

Anyone is welcome, even those who just wish to walk the route.

Those going can choose to take a walk or go for a run with groups of different ability levels.

All groups will be going at a relaxed pace so runners can chat with others along the way.

The event, supported by mental health charity Mind, aims to get people talking about mental health by sharing their experiences and removing stigma.

The club wants to support those with mental health problems to be physically active through running.

Lee White, a mental health champion and men’s team captain at the club, said: “Any form of exercise is good for the body and mind.

“We find running even better for you as it can be done on your own or as part of a group”

People wishing to go along are asked to book a place to give the club an idea of numbers.

Email runandtalk@burndenroadrunners.co.uk or visit the club’s website to reserve your place.