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It’s here, our first ever Christmas themed fun run!

We are delighted to be holding our first ever festive 5k fun run at the Odd Down Cycle Track on Sunday 10th December 2023, and it’s going to be a ho-ho-whole lot of fun!

How can I sign up?

If you’re an Eager Elf and ready to sign up for Mental Elf, book your space here!

Book your ticket

Date: Sunday 10th December 2023
Location: Odd Down Cycle Track, Bath, BA2 2PR.
Cost: Various ticket options available, from £10

Who can take part in Mental Elf?

Mental Elf is a family-friendly 5k fun run open to all ages and running abilities! We’d love to see as many of you there as possible!

Why take part in Mental Elf?

As a local and independent mental health charity, Bath Mind are here to promote and nurture everyone’s mental health through the provision of information, activities, advice, and support.

Taking part in Mental Elf is a fun and enjoyable way to support both your own AND your community’s mental health and wellbeing.


Event Registration: From 09.30am
Free warm up session: 10.40am
Race start: 11.00am

By running this 5k fun run, you will be helping us to provide support to everyone in Bath & North East Somerset who experiences mental distress or may be at risk of poor mental health.


How much do sponsorship do I have to raise?

Sponsorship is not essential, but in order to ensure we reach our fundraising target of £5,000 we’d be delighted to see Mental Elf fun runners to go that step further and set up a fundraising page!

All funds raised will go to Bath Mind’s vital local mental health services. From 1:1 counselling to gardening groups to online courses, each donation will go the extra mile to supporting someone who needs urgent support with their mental health.

Find out more about our services and what your funds will support here!

I have a question about the event, who do I contact?

Email [email protected] and one of our team will get back to you.

Is this a timed event?

We are not timing this event. You are welcome to use a tracking app, such as Strava, to time your own run.

Do I have to dress up?

Christmas-themed attire and costumes are preferred but not essential, although we hope to see lots of runners dressed up! It’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and make the most out of your Christmas fun run.

Is the event only for people who celebrate Christmas?

Not at all! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, we’d love for you to join us.


Can I run with my dog?

Dogs are not allowed on the cycle track unfortunately, but they are welcome to come along and cheer on their humans! We just ask that dogs are supervised by your spectators.

Can I help marshal at the event?

If you’re not able to take part in the fun run but keen to be involved on the day, we’d love your support! Visit our Volunteer page for details of this micro volunteering opportunity. 

What happens if it’s bad weather on race day?

As this is a winter event, it’s likely the weather may be cold or wet (although our fingers will be crossed for winter sunshine!). The track is tarmac and the event will go ahead if it’s raining. If snow, ice or extreme conditions are forecast, we will contact runners with updates prior to the day.

Will I get a medal for completing Mental Elf?

Yes! Everyone who takes part will receive a tree-mendous Bath Mind Mental Elf medal!

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