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Movement against suicide: the CALM London 10K takeover

This year we’re now averaging two suicides prevented every day on our helpline. 65 lives were saved in January 2019 alone. A big part of this achievement is down to those who #RunForCALM.

Roughly 40p out of every pound raised to fund our life-saving helpline comes from people taking on challenge events for CALM. Half of all money raised from challenge events comes from CALM runners, and our biggest running event is the the ASICS London British 10K. 

We want you join us. And your friends too.

The Asics London 10K

When: Sunday 21st July

Where: Central London

The ASICS London 10k has been a huge day in the CALM calendar for a long time. With live bands and DJs motivating you at every kilometre, and thousands of cheering fans, it sometimes feels closer to a rave than a run. And the past few years have see an incredible neon-orange CALM presence blazing through Central London. 2018’s brilliantly rowdy crew of 95 inspired us to up the levels even further to stage a full CALM 10k takeover this year.

Join the huge running crew preventing suicides every day in 2019.

We want a sea of neon-orange, people running in groups, a lot of noise, a lot of emotion and a full party atmosphere. We’ll have people of all abilities, shapes and sizes running together under the CALM banner – a 10k is the perfect starter distance, as well as a challenge for seasoned runners.

You’ll get support with:

Training – including free workshop events hosted by our running ambassador Chevy Rough, Facebook live Q&As, top tips and the support of our friendly CALM Runners Crew.

Fundraising  – helping you get the word out and tell your story in a way that inspires.

Kit – don the neon-orange vest and you can spread the CALM message as you pound your local streets.

Motivation – from CALM HQ and the all stories of the incredible people who run for fun, run in memory, and run to turn their lives around.

Every vest donned, every stride taken, every pound raised, and every conversation along the way helps keep more people with their families.

Get your London 10K place now >

Mates who run together motivate. Mates who run have top chat. Mates who run keep running.

Exercise is so beneficial to our wellbeing, but finding the motivation to get out the door can be the hardest part. 40% of people drop a solo exercise regime shortly after it begins, but exercise with a friend and the dropout rate plummets to just 6%.

That’s why we’re asking all our London 10k runners to recruit mates of any and all abilities to take on the challenge alongside them. Hassle one (or twenty) of your mates into running with you, or your colleagues, friends, partners or club members.

Join the CALM Runners Crew

Our ever-growing CALM Runners Crew is the perfect demonstration of the powerful link between exercise, community and wellbeing. In the last two years, the crew has fostered many friendships around this shared passion – combining a Facebook group with meet-ups and workshops where runners can share training tips, failures and successes and support each other through the ups and downs.

CALM ambassador and movement coach, Chevy Rough leads proceedings with expert tips for marathons and 10Ks. He empowers the crew to build a great relationship with exercise, so running becomes a healthy and ongoing part of life. It’s less about the quickest times and longest distances and more about looking after your body, your mind and your mates. So lace up!

Our runners crew will play a key part of building momentum towards the British 10k challenge, with supportive mentors covering everything from diet to recovery and regular meet ups.

Get your CALM London 10K place now >

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