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Mental Health Awareness Week: Stansted residents complete virtual 600-mile 'Race to Rungis' to boost their wellbeing




A challenge for Stansted residents to come together to complete a virtual 600-mile round trip to their French twin town – to raise awareness of mental health – has virtually reached its target.

Charity Let’s Talk, Stansted!, which was set up last year during the coronavirus pandemic, invited people to walk, jog or run in the 'Race to Rungis', from May 10 to 16, in a bid to boost their mental wellbeing and to mark national Mental Health Awareness Week.

As of 3.30pm on Thursday (May 13) villagers between them had clocked up 598 miles.

Volunteers from Let's Talk, Stansted! – from left, Rachel Dawes with Elenor, 5, Elaine Klibbs, Richard Haywood, Dina McDonald, Anne Guney with Cassie the dog, Cllr Geoffrey Sell, Donna O'Neill and Liz Hendry (47053157)
Volunteers from Let's Talk, Stansted! – from left, Rachel Dawes with Elenor, 5, Elaine Klibbs, Richard Haywood, Dina McDonald, Anne Guney with Cassie the dog, Cllr Geoffrey Sell, Donna O'Neill and Liz Hendry (47053157)

Group chair Rachel Dawes said: “Now that lockdown is easing we're delighted to be able to ramp up our efforts to support and engage with the local community.

“We're inviting everyone to join us and clock up the miles and use it as a great excuse to get out into nature.

"It will be a village effort and is for all ages and abilities, so whether you contribute one mile or you set yourself a target for the week, every step counts!”

Volunteers from Let's Talk, Stansted! – from left, Rachel Dawes with Elenor, 5, Elaine Klibbs, Richard Haywood, Dina McDonald, Anne Guney with Cassie the dog, Cllr Geoffrey Sell, Donna O'Neill and Liz Hendry (47053175)
Volunteers from Let's Talk, Stansted! – from left, Rachel Dawes with Elenor, 5, Elaine Klibbs, Richard Haywood, Dina McDonald, Anne Guney with Cassie the dog, Cllr Geoffrey Sell, Donna O'Neill and Liz Hendry (47053175)

It is also running a 'See It, Snap It' photo competition. "Send us what makes you smile and helps you feel connected to nature,” added Rachel.

For more information about how to get involved visit www.stanstedmentalhealth.org/awarenessweek/.

Rungis is a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris. It is the location of what is said to be the largest wholesale food market in the world, serving the Paris metropolitan area and beyond.



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