On 4 March 2018, CoolTan’s volunteers Jonathan, Daniel and staff member Alison will be taking on The Big Half and The Little Half, London’s new half marathon.
The event’s organisers aim to celebrate London’s diverse demographics by inspiring entries from participants of all backgrounds and are working with many community groups in several London boroughs to foster participation and engagement.
Jonathan, whose family members have been affected by mental illness, enjoys volunteering with CoolTan Arts and participated in our walks volunteer group last year. He runs five times a week and says “it helps boost my mood [and] clears my mind”. Jonathan adds “it definitely helps with anxiety and depression and since getting back into running three years ago, it’s changed my life for the better.”
Jonathan’s run will start at Tower Bridge and passes through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham before finishing in Greenwich.
Two more runners will also be taking part on the day, in The Little Half, a 2.4 mile run: Alison is CoolTan’s Community Involvement Advocate, and Daniel is a Volunteer in the Video Group.
Alison: Hi, my name is Alison and I work at CoolTan Arts. I thought this run would be a great opportunity to get fit and help to raise funds. Keeping physically fit is intrinsically linked to good mental health and wellbeing – so I want to champion this and help raise awareness of the very good work that our organisation and other community groups provide.
Daniel: I volunteer in the CooltanArts video group. I’m really excited about running The Little Half for CoolTan Arts. I like running and I like being part of CoolTan Arts . They are both really good for my wellbeing.
The half marathon will form part of a one day event, which also includes The Big Relay, some smaller races and plenty of food and music.
To sponsor Jonathan, Alison and Daniel, please visit the fundraising page: