This article was in my Women's Running magazine this month. I have always known that running helps mental health, both from personal experience and from reading different research papers. This survey adds to this body of evidence.
A year-long England Athletics survey of over 13,000 people has revealed that 74% of runners have experienced an increase in their mental health and well being from running. An additional survey by England Athletics' RunTogether community showed that 89% of runners had increased hapiness as a direct result of running in a group, citing new friendships and added motivation. 'Physical exercise improves a person's well being by releasing endorphins, the body's 'feel good' hormones' says Dr Averil McClelland, a GP and elite masters athlete. 'Studies show that mild to moderate depression patients that exercise regularly do as well as those (on) antidepressant medications or talking therapies.'
This race in Malaga offers different distances and age categories including races for children. Registration is at
You will need to click on 'inscripcion' and then 'Malaga' assuming you are living in the Costa del Sol, and fill in your details including the race that you want to enter - there is a 6k and 12k option for adults.
I started Parkrun Spain to encourage locals and ex pats alike to come together and run on Saturday morning. This page not only reports on park runs but also helps people find local runs so that they can enter other racaes.