Mental Elf 2024

We’re so excited to announce our Mental Elf, festive fun run, is returning for 2024.
Sunday 24th November 2024, Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire.

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Mental Elf is a 5K family fun run that will be taking place on November 24th at 11am (registration opens at 10am) in the beautiful grounds of Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire. The event will be full of festive fun while raising much needed funds for your local mental health charity, Derbyshire Mind.

What is Mental Elf?

Mental Elf is a family friendly fun run and is a ticketed fundraising event hosted by Derbyshire Mind.
What better way to kick off the festive season than to don an elf costume and raise money for your local Mental Health charity, Derbyshire Mind? Fancy dress isn’t essential but is encouraged! We will be running several competitions on the day including best dressed pet and best dressed elf. We are giving you plenty of notice to get your costumes ready and can’t wait to see what you come up with.
The day will be full of festive cheer for all the family. The circular 5k route is perfect for families (dogs welcome!) and is accessible to all, you can run, walk, or even skip in true elf style if that takes your fancy. The event is open to all abilities and ages, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sign-up now: Are you an Eager Elf?

Tickets will be going on sale in August! All profits from ticket sales will go directly to Derbyshire Mind, enabling us to support more people in Derby and Derbyshire with their Mental Health and Wellbeing.

We will be offering an early bird discount for the Eager Elves amongst you, this will run until the 30th of September. There will also be discounts available for family tickets and group or corporate teams.

What’s included in the ticket price?

Running Number
Medal for all finishers
Goody Bag

Want to be the first to know when tickets go on sale? Complete the short form here to register your interest.


Where Will Mental Elf Be Held?

Mental Elf fun run will start and end at Elvaston Castle, the route is a circular route around the grounds. There is ample parking at the venue (pay and display) and toilets on site.

Getting to Elvaston

The estate entrance and only car park for visitors arriving in vehicles, is off Borrowash Road between Borrowash Village and Thulston. Just follow the brown tourist signs from either direction and they’ll direct you right to us.

For further information about Elvaston Castle and getting there, please click here.

What to expect on the day...

Mental Elf Event

Event Summary

Date: Sunday 24th November

Location: Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire 

Race Registration: 10am

Race Start: 11am

Distance : 5 KM

Dress code: Festive fancy dress is encouraged!

Competitions: There will be competitions on the day for best dressed Elves, more info on categories coming soon…


Is there parking on site?
Yes, there is a pay and display car park with ample parking.
Are there toilets?
There is a toilet block near the start and finish line and other facilities around the site.
Are spectators allowed?
Absolutely, the more the merrier. Elvaston Castle is a great site and there is plenty to do while the runners are on the course.
Will there be food available?
There will be a small treat for all race finishers, alternatively, there is a café on site.

What if the weather is bad?
Our aim is that the event will go ahead rain or shine, we will only cancel if there is an extreme weather warning.
Do I have to get sponsorship?
Not at all, it’s the taking part that counts, however if you did want to help us raise additional funds for Derbyshire Mind and ask family and friends to sponsor you, we would be incredibly grateful!
Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, tickets are non-refundable.
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Finally, we want to say a big thank you to Lancashire Mind who created the original concept of Mental Elf. We are super excited to introduce this event at Derbyshire Mind!