Rhys McClenaghan 2019 Marathon Ambassador for Action Mental Health

07 October 2018

Rhys McClenaghan 2019 Marathon Ambassador for Action Mental Health

Behind the Mile and Smiles, Local Gold Medal Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan urges you to raise awareness for Action Mental Health at the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is working with five charity partners in 2019 and is delighted to introduce Action Mental Health as one of their chosen charities for the Marathon and Half Marathon events next year.

 

On Sunday 5th May 2019, you can expect a full line up of events to suit all levels of fitness including the Marathon and Wheelchair Race, the Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk and Fun Run, all with brand new improved routes.  All events will start at Stormont except for the Fun Run which will start and finish at Ormeau Park. 

 

The largest mass sport participatory event in Northern Ireland raises over £1.6 million for local charities annually and will be encouraging entrants to support Action Mental Health as one of five chosen charities.

 

Action Mental Health are a local charity that helps people in Northern Ireland who are experiencing mental ill-health to reclaim their lives and get back into work, training or education as well as promoting resilience and well-being for future generations.

 

Jonathan Smyth, Fundraising and Communications Manager for Action Mental Health says:

 

“By signing up to run, walk or wheel for Action Mental Health at the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, you’ll be helping smash the enduring stigma of mental ill-health and shine a light on our marathon motto #BehindTheMilesandSmiles.”

 

Supporting the charity’s #BehindTheMilesandSmiles campaign is 19 year old Gold Medal Gymnast, Rhys McClenaghan from Newtownards, County Down.  Rhys is an Ambassador for Action Mental Health and is encouraging the public to get active and lead a healthier lifestyle to support their mental health.

 

Jonathan added:

 

“Our campaign #BehindTheMilesandSmiles reminds us of the scientifically-proven mental health benefits of physical activity.  It also prompts us to acknowledge that not everyone’s smile is genuine – it can be a mask that hides the sadness of anxiety, depression or another mental illness.  By fundraising for Action Mental Health, you will be helping to make a real difference, helping us to support thousands of people, of all ages, right across Northern Ireland.”

 

For just £100 raised for Action Mental Health, you could help provide learning materials to support 100 young people through resilience awareness training.  For £300 you could pay for a specialist mental health promotion session for up to 30 young people.  £500 could help provide personal development sessions for adults recovering from mental ill health, helping them develop strategies to cope with stress and anxiety and £1000 could pay for a mental health resilience programme for a local primary school class and their teachers.

 

You can support #BehindTheMilesandSmiles for Action Mental Health by selecting them when registering for the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.  Already signed up and would like to start fundraising for them?  Simply email fundraising@amh.org.uk or call 028 9182 8494 for more information.

 

Entries are NOW OPEN at www.belfastcitymarathon.com via the brand new MyTicket App.  An early rate will apply until 31st October 2018.  Details of the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon route can be found here also. 

 

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Better, Translink, Daily Mirror, Spar, Belfast Live and Framar Health. Sampling partners are Deep RiverRock, Tayto, White’s Oats and Linwoods.  This year’s official charities are Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust (BART); Cancer Focus NI; Stroke Association; Air Ambulance NI and Action Mental Health.