We believe in your ability to live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. We exist so that you can believe in it too.

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.

Our Services

Mental Health Interventions

We have a variety of interventions, inclusive social groups and treatment pathways that can benefit you and your recovery from mental health illness.

Run Club

We cater for a broad range of abilities, as well as having additional walking and running groups at weekends at other venues across the North West England.

Online Run Club

In addition to our Run Club, we are currently developing an online run club for those who would prefer a service which is accessible from their fingertips.


Events are open to all - some of these activities may include a surcharge and be subject to an individuals physical capabilities.