The caring organisers of the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon are putting athlete welfare right at the heart of their plans for the race on Sunday, 10 March 2019. In what is believed to be a first for any UK race, AAT events are providing a completely free and inclusive wellness session at their Woking Leisure Centre race HQ.
We all know that physical exercise has huge potential to improve our wellbeing but for many people it can also cause stress, anxiety and other adverse thoughts. Therefore, AAT events have introduced this new initiative to help runners overcome any negative experiences they may encounter when participating in a major event under race conditions.
Life and well-being coach, Bonnie Rasmussen
from RISE, will lead a pre-race guided meditation session on race day morning to help prepare participants for the mental and physical challenge ahead in completing the 13.1 mile run, which will empower them to compete to the very best of their ability.
The session will help runners to minimise anxiousness, release tension, replace negative chatter with positive messages and boost focus, motivation and enjoyment of their running. For the hundreds of runners who get nervous before the start, this session will be available to them in the right place at the right time.
The 20-minute programme will be held at 08:10 on race day in the Wurtzler Hall, within Woking Leisure Centre. This large, quiet space is next to the bag storage area. The session is free for Mercer Surrey Half Marathon participants who have pre-registered. Once the session finishes at 08:30 prompt, runners will have ample time for any final preparations for the start at 09:00.
Hollie Light, organiser of the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon, said: “We’re very excited to launch this new initiative, as to our knowledge, no other organiser has actively addressed pre-race nerves in this way. We see it as part of our commitment to being responsible race organisers and doing all that we can to improve the overall race experience.”
Further enhancements for 2019 include free post-race yoga and free race photos, so you can see the new, relaxed and fully focussed athlete within you running with new found energy, confidence and joy!
Image courtesy Mercer Surrey Half Marathon