A running club to help people affected by cancer to take up the exercise is being launched in Brighton and Hove.
The 0-5km group is aimed at people who are new to running or who are keen to get back into running following a cancer diagnosis.
Lesley Lewis, a running coach and mental health ambassador is starting the classes to enable people be able to take part in a 5km Park Run after 9 weeks.
Lesley, a physical activity volunteer at the Macmillan Horizon Centre in Brighton, said: “Basically I adapt the ‘Couch to 5km’ programme used by the NHS so it’s a tried and tested method of getting people to take up running.
“I am very interested in the impact of long-term health conditions on mental health and I’ve had friends who’ve gone through cancer. I know people who’re going through cancer treatment for whom running has been really positive.
“A cancer diagnosis can be life-changing and you can feel very out of control. This is a way of getting some control back over your body and also being involved in the community. I am real believer in the link between mental and physical health and consequently how you feel about yourself.”
The classes will begin at 11am on a Monday, starting from the King Alfred Centre in Hove and go along the seafront. People going through cancer, recovering from cancer and their friends and family are invited to sign up.
The Horizon Centre offers a range of support to people affected by cancer across Sussex, including physical activity alongside, information and support, counselling support, advice on body image and complementary therapies.
Lesley, adds: “It will be an opportunity to feel better about yourself and people can go at their own pace. We start off very simply beginning with a walk run and aiming towards running a 5k.”
For more information about the classes or to sign up please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the Horizon Centre which is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm and the range of support it can offer please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/horizoncentre or call 01273 468770 or call in BN2 5BD.