Phil Hewitt, picture courtesy of Phil Hewitt.

People in lockdown across the country have been using running as a way to get out of the house and also improve their mental health. For some, the mental need for an escape is more severe than others.

Phil Hewitt, a journalist and marathon runner from Hampshire, has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from a physical attack in 2016. For him, his PTSD is like “the world’s worst flatmate: someone who is just super critical of you and comes in and makes everything a mess. I think running is a kind of mental tidying up […] and gaining a degree of control”. For some, like Hospitality Supervisor, Amy Clapp from Sussex, running helps to cope with the uncertainty of lockdown.

Warning: this video contains an image of injury.

Running: a physical and mental escape in lockdown.Warning: this video contains an image of injury.

Posted by Ellie Watson – Journalist on Friday, May 22, 2020

Shortform video on running and mental health in lockdown.