Outrun the Black Dog

King’s Athletics are proud to announce our mental health wellbeing initiative as part of KCLSU Wellbeing Week; Outrun the Black Dog!

The Black Dog has long been used as a metaphor for depression and other forms of mental ill-health. Over a quarter of students at U.K universities are living with a Black Dog of their own, but as many as half will never disclose this to their university and thus may miss out on vital support resources.

Through Outrun the Black Dog, King’s Athletics hopes to champion the benefits of running for mental wellbeing, while making members of our university community aware of the mental health support services available to them.

Research has consistently shown that exercise can be just as effective at reducing depressive symptoms as antidepressants, as well as improving mood, self-esteem and cognitive ability. Yet many of us fail to participate in sufficient levels of exercise.

On Monday 23rd October 2017, King’s Athletics would like to invite all KCL staff and students to explore the beneficial effects of running on mental wellbeing for themselves, by joining us for a relaxed 5km. If you live in KCL accommodation in Southwark, the run will likely come to you.

Whether total novice or seasoned vet, all you have to do is lace up and join us!


The Route & Pick-up Locations

Meet Matthew & Dan at Stamford Street/Waterloo Campus at 18:30

Meet Hannah at Moonraker at 18:35

Meet Harry & Lidia at Great Dover St at 18:40

Meet Fran at Wolfson at 18:45

Meet Louise at Orchard Lisle at 18:45