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The Great York Walk

25 Miles

around the city of York

12 October 2019

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£25 entry £250 fundraising target

Take on The Great York Walk and help create a Mentally Fit York

The Walk

The Great York Walk 2019 will be the first fundraising event launched by the University of York in support of the ‘Mentally Fit York’ fund, aiming to change the future of mental health for everyone. The Walk will take place on Saturday 12 October, stretching across the historic open strays of York and taking in some of the best countryside the city has to offer.

There are two routes available, you can walk the whole route which is 25miles/40km or you can walk the first section of the route which is 6.2miles/10km.  There is a fundraising target of either £250 or £150 depending on which route you choose.

The Great York Walk starts at the University, crossing Monk Stray, Bootham Stray, Clifton Ings, Hob Moor, Knavesmire, Fulford Ings and Walmgate Stray before heading back to the University for a big finish!

Registration is now closed for the walk but you can still get involved by supporting some of our walkers.

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Free training support from York Sport

To support you in your training, York Sport have kindly offered to provide you with a half price programme to aid your training and free weekly access to the York Sport Village gym and pool every Wednesday until October 12th 2019.

To access this generous support all you need to do is register to take part in The Great York Walk and then contact York Sport directly to book your programme. Please see the ‘Training’ section of the FAQ’s document for more information.

For training tips and advice please take a look at our Training Tips document. 

What is Mentally Fit York?

Mentally Fit York is the University's new fund to transform mental health on a local, national and international scale, through supporting on the ground initiatives and the latest groundbreaking research. Your support will improve mental health and wellbeing in many forms, reaching out from the University to the city's communities and beyond. Two examples of what your walking and fundraising will be helping to achieve are:

Promoting Good Mental Health across our Community

New to 2020, we will equip our students with the tools, skills and confidence they need to spot the signs of mental health issues. As part of this, we will provide Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses to help our students guide people towards the support they need. We will continue to carry out research into initiatives aimed at promoting good mental health and build on this to improve the resources that are available to support the mental health of our students, staff and the local community.

Mental Health Nursing Scholarships

New for 2020, a new scholarship of £2,000 per annum, totalling £6,000 over three years’ of undergraduate study, has been established to allow mental health nursing students from a low-income background to focus on their studies and placements, without having the worry of financial pressure. We know that talented students can achieve their potential whatever their circumstances, but we also know that students from low-income households, who grow up in areas of deprivation, or are first in their family to come to university, need additional support.

The University of York is actively carrying out research into MHFA and we will be building on this research to evaluate and improve the mental health resources that are available to our students, staff and local community.

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"We need to understand mental health problems as a society better. Whether we are experts or not we do need to be able to talk to each other about emotions and support each other. We all have a role to play." 

Barry Wright, Professor of Child Mental Health

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Find out more

If you’re interested in getting involved and have any further questions, contact the team behind the project at yustart@york.ac.uk.