Macclesfield Harriers & Athletic Club

Founded 1897 – reformed 1945 – affiliated to England Athletics (registration number 2658261), Cheshire County Athletics Association and Northern Athletics

Mental Health Ambassadors for Macc Harriers

Macclesfield Harriers and Athletics Club are very pleased and proud to have Mental Health Ambassadors appointed by England Athletics at our Club.

Your MHA's are Kim Eastham and Melanie Whittaker

These Ambassadors are committed to improving mental well being through running, our Ambassadors can be contacted through the club or directly and their details will be available very soon. Until that time any enquiries can be directed towards the Club Chairman (Keith Mulholland-contact details available under Contact-Club Officials)


MH&AC recognise that running has so many health benefits both mentally and physically including:

  • Reduced anxiety and happier moods through the release of endorphins
  • Reduced feelings of stress as your body is better able to control cortisol level
  • Clearer thinking by breaking up racing thoughts
  • Greater sense of calm with space to think things over
  • Increased self-esteem and sense of achievement
  • Reduced risk of depression as evidenced by research studies

The objectives of Mental Health Ambassadors are to:

Support – Proactively support the mental wellbeing of club members and provide information about local services and organisations that can offer further dedicated support

Promote & Advocate – Share information about England Athletics #runandtalk and other related campaigns

Talk – Be available for conversations about mental health with other club members

The MH&AC Mental Health Ambassadors are there to provide positive, open and non-judgemental support