Rick has individually, and single-handedly inspired over 1200 people to leave the comfort
of their sofas and start running to improve their health and fitness. In just 18 months he now
has over 1000 people able to run 5km non-stop.
“In an area with higher than average obesity and mortality rates, Rick has made inactive people, active. He has got them fitter, given them a sense of purpose, motivated them to do more
and has given them confidence to volunteer to lead new runners”.
Participants include: three generations of one family; people from various cultures;
all age ranges; and varying levels of fitness. He volunteers around his full time job
and is positively impacting his local community. He has inspired people as young as 7
to take part and people in their 80’s are also joining in. Three nights per week hundreds
of people take to the outdoors to join Rick as his quest to get people healthier continues.
His volunteering and the running programme is attributed with decreased medicine
dependency, reduced smoking levels and even improved confidence and mental health
issues among some of his runners.