Run in The Dark

Alright, let’s be honest, winter is on the way people. No more shorts, no more beers in the sun and no more light evenings. Winter running though, now that is something we’ve got to look forward to. Our favourite time to run home from work in fact. It’s time to crack out the long-sleeved t-shirts and the leggings and enjoy some miles where it’s not sweltering hot and the streets aren’t impossible to run down.

If you ask us, there’s nothing quite as nice as a wintry night-time run in the cold. Which is why the Run in The Dark has caught our eyes. Never heard of it? Well, let’s us enlighten you.

What is it?

The race series takes place in November across 50 locations (Dublin, Cork, London, Belfast and Hong Kong being the biggest) giving participants the option to run 5k or 10k is some pretty impressive city locations. The events happen in the hours of darkness, which means people can where all sort of luminescent kit to get involved.

The London event (where we’ll be), takes place in Battersea Park from 8pm on the 14th November. We’ve done a couple of night races there before, as well as about four years of runcommuting, and it’s a beautiful location for in the dark. There’s also some pretty damn nice apres-race pubs to choose from, because you’ll probably deserve it.

Why should you do it?

Well, aside from the fact it sounds like an amazing event to run in and a pretty rare experience, the race is the main fundraiser for the Mark Pollock Trust, a charity set up to help cure paralysis.

If you haven’t heard of the Trust, it’s an organisation set up by the inspirational Mark Pollock. A man who, even though affected by blindness in 1998, is an accomplished ultra runner and adventurer, even becoming the first blind man to the South Pole. Unfortunately in 2010, Mark suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 that left him paralysed. The Trust, through fundraising, aims to use technology to cure paralysis. So yeah, a pretty damn good reason to get involved. If you want to find out more about the Trust, here’s a TED talk from Mark and his fiancée Simone George. Well worth a watch.

Where does it take place?

50 locations, including Dublin, Cork, London, Belfast and Hong Kong. The London race is at Battersea Park.

How much is it?

£25.95 (+£1.50 booking fee).

To find out more about the race series, head over to the website here. For info on the Mark Pollock Trust, step this way.

Picture Credits: Run in the Dark