Friends and keen Nottingham Forrest fans unite at Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K to tackle taboo surrounding men's mental health.
Seven friends united by a love of cricket, Nottingham Forest and good beer are to tackle the Sheffield 10K for mental health charity Mind this Sunday.
The group - Liam Curry, Tom Cobb, Jake Harling, Stuart Pollard, Steven Button, Kez Richardson and Lewis Richardson – are all aged in their 20s and originally from Newark.
Kez, who now lives in Sheffield, and Jake, from Witham St Hughs, Lincolnshire, decided to train for the event to lose some weight and keep active outside the cricket season.
To help keep them motivated they opted to raise money for Mind.
Liam said: “Due to us being a tight knit group of friends, Jake and Kez shared the idea with us and we all agreed to step up and take the challenge. We all have varying degrees of training and experience under our belts, with some of us having been training for a while and completed runs like this before, whereas for others it'll be their first competitive run and the first time they have trained for it.
Liam said there was still a great taboo when it came to discussing and being open about mental health issues and added: “It’s charities like Mind that aim to break that stigma and lend help and support to those in need.”
The friends are looking forward to the run and Liam joked: “We are planning on running as a team until one of us decides to show up the rest and sprint off.”
The group’s fundraising can be supported at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/newarkforestboys4mind.