Mental health issues affect approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK. To celebrate World Mental Health Day, Surrey’s largest mental health walk / run fundraiser – Wey Ahead – is now open for entry.
Delivered by multi-award winning race organisers aat-events, Wey Ahead raises both awareness and funds for a number of Surrey-based mental health charities. Proceeds from the event are donated to CornerHouse, Status Employment and Oakleaf; and participants are encouraged to raise additional funds. Toby Jenkins, Director at aat-events said:
“The idea behind Wey Ahead is to help close the gap between the prevalence of mental health issues and number of people who are diagnosed or receiving treatment. By working with a number of different charities, we’re able to raise awareness about all kinds of mental health services available in Surrey – all of which can help address a range of different issues.”
Wey Ahead will be held for it’s second year during the Mental Health Foundation’s “Mental Health Awareness Week” on 18 May 2019. Hundreds will walk or run along towpaths from Jubilee Square in the heart of Woking Town Centre along the Basingstoke Canal to Byfleet (5km), Send (15km) Guildford (25km) or Godalming (32km).
Participants can choose to walk or run their selected distance so that people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in this community event, and show their support for this fantastic cause. The 5km is an excellent choice for the those with wheelchairs and pushchairs; whereas regular runners will enjoy the challenge of running from Woking to Guildford or Godalming. Event Director Rob Sweetman said:
“Everyone is encouraged to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, get outside and just enjoy Surrey’s spectacular scenery – all whilst raising money and awareness for fantastic causes. This event is a fantastic morale booster for participants, and for us as organisers.”
Those who continue on from Byfleet will follow the River Wey down past a number of golf courses to the bottom of Guildford high-street. Participants finishing here could celebrate their achievements over coffee at a boutique coffee shop on Guildford’s infamous cobbled high-street, or even enjoy a pub lunch by the river. 32km walkers and runners will continue to follow the towpath behind Shalford Park to St Catherine’s Lock, until they reach the beautiful Phillips Memorial Park in the heart of Godalming. No matter where participants choose to finish, the event is well connected by train. The start line is just a short walk from Woking Station; and frequent train services run back to Woking from Byfleet, Guildford and Godalming stations.
Enter Wey Ahead
aat-events organise a number of community fundraising events, including the The Mercer Surrey Half Marathon – which raises £0.4 million annually for national and local charities. The Hogs Back Road Race raised over £1000 for the charity partner in December 2017.