We're Aiming To Improve People's Mental Health Through Physical Activity
Who We Are
Running Head First is a not for profit organisation which utilises walking, jogging, running and physical activity to improve the mental health of the population in the North West England, founded in 2019, by Chris Redmond, Lee Plant and Ash Cox.
All of the Running Head First initiatives are evidence based interventions, underpinned by scientific research from our lead scientist, Ash.
In 2015 Chris experienced a nervous breakdown. After a long time suffering with anxiety, stress and depression, which was proceeded by a long period of recovery. Overall he considers this the most harrowing time of his life.
Throughout his recovery, Chris utilised running to aid his progression and to manage the symptoms of his ill mental health. This resulted in what has mostly been a successful transition in to a ‘normal’ state of mind.
During this period, Chris relied heavily on his support network of his family, friends, and girlfriend.
However, Chris recognised how little was available in the form of physical exercise to assist those who are in similar situations he was in, along with complementary therapies such as counselling, meditation and holistic approaches to improving ill mental health, so he decided to change that.
He consulted with his colleagues Lee and Ash, who bring an extreme wealth of knowledge and experience of fitness, health and business to the organisation, and Running Head First was created.