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Sunday, 24 March 2019
FORTY friends and family are to run a half marathon tomorrow (Saturday) in memory of Adam Payne, who took his own life last year.
It would have been his 37th birthday so they decided to take on the 13.1-mile challenge around Victoria Park in London to raise money for mental health charities.
The group also includes members of the Sunday Run Club, which was set up by Adam’s sister Emma after his death in October.
Mr Payne, who lived in Hurley and had a daughter and stepson, loved sport, especially rowing, tennis and golf.
He played for Henley Rugby Club and was often seen running along the towpaths in the area as he believed sport activated a positive mental attitude. Miss Payne launched the running club because she wanted to promote the idea of keeping active in mind and body.
She said: “Wellness has become a buzzword associated with physical and mental health and how the two are interlinked.
“The aim of the club is to enjoy the local areaand feel a connection to people through a shared experience.”
The Sunday Run Club events, which are open to all, are organised by Lou Porter, who won a Henley Heroes award last year for her charitable work and for setting up the Nettlebed Stingers netball team. They are chiefly held around Henley and Nettlebed and range in length from six miles to 10 miles.
Miss Payne said: “There is no rush and the time is not about pace but enjoying the journey together.
“Any runner is welcome, all abilities. We finish off the runs with a coffee at either Lou’s house, Caffè Nero or Henley Rugby Club, depending on the route.”
She hopes to encourage people to support each other and talk about the problems they may be experiencing.
Miss Payne said: “We also want to speak openly about suicide and hope that you speak to your loved ones when your weights get too heavy for your shoulders aloneWe are here for anyone that ever needs to talk. Life can be comparable to running, it is a journey, it has a start and a finish line.
“Yes, some people may be seen to be winners but did they enjoy the journey as much?
“We don't run together to win we run together for the enjoyment, mental and physical wellness.”
Ms Payne has set up a crowdfunding page to raise £5,000 for charities including Mind and the Ways and Means Trust, a charity which supports adults with recurring mental ill health and is based in Peppard. A total of £3,780 has been raised so far.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/adam-james-payne
To join the running club, email firstname.lastname@example.org
08 March 2019
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