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Hard Yards Running Club

Hard Yards Running Club

New Couch to 5k starting 6th September 2022.

Struggling with your Mental Health? 

Would you like to improve your fitness and feel better about yourself? 

Couch to 5K with Hard Yards Running Club.  Tuesday 6th September, 7pm at Stretford Public Hall. 

Hard Yards is putting on a couch to 5K courses open to all and facilitated by mental health nurses and qualified run leaders. We welcome people of all abilities and fitness levels, no fancy equipment or previous experience required. 

Just you and a pair of trainers and best of all, the course is FREE! 

Successfully trialled by the NHS, Hard Yards was established in Stretford in 2018 to combat poor mental health and encourage exercise in a safe and welcoming environment. We use physical activity, peer support and social engagement to help people manage their mental health and make positive changes to their lives. It can also complement existing interventions such as anti-depressants or talking therapy. 

If you want to sign up or know more about our group, email us at or call 07933 623253 for further information.  

To register please email us, with your contact details.

History & formation – Back in 2017, Will and Harriet, both NHS mental health nurses, were given some funding through their employer, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to trial running for mental health programmes in the community. There is wide ranging academic evidence that shows physical activity has significant positive impacts on mental health and those of us who attended the first few programmes certainly felt these benefits. However, within the current economic climate the NHS funding came to an end. By this time a number of us were reaping the benefits of the group and did not want it end. And from here Hard Yard Running Club was established. Post run discussions, over brews and biscuits (obviously) in Gripper’s kitchen, led to the establishment of a committee and constitution and ultimately a community group.

Running hand in hand for mental health