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Part of Being A Man

Take the first step in running your way to better mental health. In this 5km run, you get moving under the guidance of ChasingLights Collective founder and Performance Coach Chevy Rough, who is also an ambassador for the men's mental health charity, CALM.

What is a BAM Run?
It’s a one-off, men’s only running club part of Being A Man Festival. A chance to give running a go in a supportive environment. A refreshing morning activity to take part in before checking out the rest of the festival.

What happens at the run?
Before heading out onto the streets, participants meet for a warm-up by Nelson Mandela’s statue on Royal Festival Hall’s Festival Terrace. Chevy, your coach, shares a few tips and advice, and you have an opportunity to ask questions. Runners are back at Southbank Centre by 11am, invigorated and ready to enjoy the rest of the festival.

How fast do I have to be?
This isn't a race, but rather a gathering of like-minded souls of all fitness levels, and complete beginners are welcome.

What do I need to bring?
Participants must bring appropriate shoes and outdoor clothing incase of wind/rain. A cloakroom is available to use for £1 per checked item.

Who are ChasingLights Collective?
ChasingLights Collective are a London running crew dedicated to bringing movement, connection and community to people that can benefit the most. The crew launched BoysClub in the spring of 2017 for men of all ages to hang out and train away from the stereotypes of how they should conduct themselves in the gym, on the mat or on the road.

The club challenges you to create a healthy relationship with running and movement, that may become a tool for you to use to bat off life's tough days.

Presented in partnership with CALM.

Dates & times

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Outdoor spaces
Mandela Walk, Level 2


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

Event information
Meet at Nelson Mandela’s statue on Festival Terrace, Royal Festival, for a warm-up beforehand.

Please be aware that on the day you must provide an emergency contact number, declare that you are fully fit to complete the run, and inform the coaches if you have any injuries.

Participants must also wear suitable footwear to join the run and wear clothing suitable to keep off the wind/ rain.