Take on ‘Samarathon’ to raise vital funds for Rochdale, Oldham and District Samaritans
Date published: 27 June 2020
Runners in Denehurst Park
A virtual marathon has been launched by the Rochdale, Oldham and District Samaritans to encourage supporters to run, jog or walk a marathon distance in their own time over the month of July: the ‘Samarathon’.
The local branch of the Samaritans wants to motivate more people to get active to improve their mental wellbeing, rather than focus on a single physical endurance challenge that requires participants to run 26.2 miles in one stretch.
Branch director at Rochdale, Oldham & District, Moyra Purves, said: “While we don’t know how long we’ll be observing social distancing and government guidance on daily exercise, this is a challenge you can do on your own, with members of your household, or join with friends, family and work mates virtually, supporting each other’s progress wherever you are.
“Now more than ever we know getting active works wonders for your mental wellbeing. Samarathon is a great goal to motivate people to go at that their own pace. Whatever your age or ability, it’s a challenge to do in your time, at your pace, wherever you live or work.
“This fitness-fundraising initiative is focused on feeling good. We hope supporters will encourage their friends and family of all ages to take part as it’s an achievable challenge they can share and enjoy.”
Ms Purves continued: “In this current climate, we really need the public’s continued support. Due to the cancellation of many of our fundraising events, we’re facing a significant loss of funding, so we’re urging the public to help us ensure that we continue to be here for anyone who needs support.
“It’s free to sign up to Samarathon, but we’d love for everyone to raise whatever they can to support their local branch of Samaritans and help us be there for anyone struggling to cope.”
Supporters can sign up for free at www.samaritans.org/samarathon to take part in the challenge.
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