Mental Elf Festive Fun Run 2023

The ‘Mental Elf’ Christmas Fun Run surpassed all expectations, thanks to the enthusiastic participation of individuals, families, and local businesses from the mid and north Powys community. 

The event transformed Newtown’s Dolerw Park into a winter wonderland, complete with Santa’s Grotto, handmade gifts, a tombola, a raffle, free kids’ crafts, and refreshments.

The core purpose of the ‘Mental Elf’ Christmas Fun Run/Walk was to raise awareness of mental health and the positive mental health benefits of exercise, as well as raising funds for local and much needed mental health services, delivered by Mid & North Powys Mind. The event succeeded not only in creating a memorable holiday experience but also in making a substantial contribution to the vital cause of mental health awareness and support.

We sold 243 tickets for the fun run/walk in total.  And 70 tickets for our Santa’s Grotto.  

We set a fundraising target of £2,500, which (even though there is still sponsorship monies still being handed in), we have now exceeded. 

First over the finish line
1st Man over the finish line – Aled Rees
1st Women – Abbie Glover Davies
1st Female Junior – Olivia Morgan
1st Male Junior – Ben Gethin
1st Child Female – Rose Mallows
1st Child Male – Rhydian Freeman


Best Mental Elf Attire
Best dressed Adult – Anna Majkowski
Best dressed Child – Tyler Jones
Best dressed Pet – Gilly the dog 

The organisers extend heartfelt thanks to the participants, volunteers, sponsors, local businesses, and the entire Mid and North Powys community for making the ‘Mental Elf’ Christmas Fun Run an outstanding success. The collective effort and support have demonstrated the power of community unity in bringing positive change to the lives of those affected by mental health challenges.


Thank you to Lancashire Mind who created the original concept of Mental Elf.