mental elf 5k fun run

Lancashire Mind Annual Fundraiser

Mental Elf is our annual fundraiser with the emphasis on fun! We’re challenging Lancashire to get down to Witton Park on Sunday 2nd December to get moving and connecting with others. We have a Festive Market and a 5km fun run on the same day in the same place, so whether you’re a hopper or a shopper you can come down to join us for a fantastic day out.

The 5k run is all about getting dressed up in your best Elf outfit, moving and enjoying yourself. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned runner or prefer a stroll in the park, the event is for everyone.

Lancashire Mind’s vision is mental wellbeing for all; we want everyone in Lancashire to be aware of and know how to improve their wellbeing. Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety. An active lifestyle not only keeps our bodies healthy, but makes us feel good too! By taking part in Mental Elf, people boost their own wellbeing as well as helping other people across Lancashire.

So whether you want to run, skip, hop or jog your way across the finish line we really appreciate your help in raising vital funds that allow us to continue doing what we do. Come alone or as part of a group, our team of Elves will make sure you have a blast!

Mental Elf 2018 will take place on Sunday 2nd December at Witton Park in Blackburn.
Sign up for Mental Elf 2018 now!

The market is open from 10.30am until 2.30pm. Registration for the 5K opens at 10.30am. The pre-run warm up commences at 11.45am on the outdoor running track and the run starts promptly at 12 noon.

All runners will get a goodie bag at the finish line containing bottle of water and other treats! Medals will be given to all Elves who registered on line prior to the event. Refreshments are available inside for purchase.

Please be aware we will be filming and snapping photos and taking lots of ‘Elfies’ throughout the day. If you are not happy for any pictures you are featured in to be used on social media, in press releases or further publications please see the staff at the registration desk to withdraw your photo consent.

This Elf Can!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along last year, donated to and supported the 2017 event which raised over £10,000; proving that #thiselfcan! We hope to see you again at Mental Elf 2018 on Sunday 2nd December.

If you’ve not participated in Mental Elf before, here are a few of the photos from Mental Elf 2016 and 2017 to give you a flavour of the fun and friendly event.

If you want to know more before signing up, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Mental Elf Hoodies

Mental Elf hoodyWhether you want a Mental Elf hoody as a souvenir of completing the 5k or just to keep warm on the day whilst your cheering on others, you can purchase yours now for just £20!

The Mental Elf hoody is available in a range of adult sizes. This year’s hoody is bottle green. Why not add to your collection if you already have the navy blue and red hoodies from the previous two Mental Elf events?

Buy your Mental Elf 2018 hoody

Mental Elf festive markets

Our fantastic market place is not only a chance to do some Christmas shopping for unique gifts made by local businesses, it’s also an opportunity for participants, their family and friends to get a warm drink, a festive snack and take part in the fun and games we have going on inside. Games such as lucky dip, tombola, children’s Christmas craft, raffles and lots more. The market is open before, during and after the run so there is plenty of time for everyone to have a look around.

Open 10.30am-2.30pm

Things to look forward to at our 2018 Festive Market:

  • Freshly made speciality hot drinks outside the sports arena
  • Hot food and snacks with all the funfair favourites outside the sports arena
  • Ridiculously Rich Brownies outside the sports arena
  • Children’s Games
  • Bespoke gifts, handmade candles, perfumes, cards, books and more

For more information about our market place contact our Fundraising Coordinator by emailing

illustrated elves running