How to Run in the Dark

The clocks went back and the nights have gotten very dark already, so this means not only do you need to make sure you’re ready to run in the dark, the annual Run in the Dark Manchester race is almost upon us too!

To get myself night race ready, but also to stay safe running on winter evenings, I recently bought some bright running gear to keep me seen! This fluorescent long sleeve Ronhill top, is not only brightly coloured but it has some reflective parts too. My favourite Adidas leggings also show up in the dark pretty well. I also have a Ronhill hat for the chilly runs, which also has reflective parts, super useful! Plus my running shoes recently died so I got myself new ones, any excuse to buy really bright pink shoes, also perfect for those dark runs. I definitely think they’ll stand me in good stead for the Run in the Dark 10k- I’m hoping I will stand out quite clearly in all my gear.

I also definitely suggest carrying a phone on you when you go out running in the evening (and letting a friend/housemate/your partner know when you may be back), or at least getting some ICE tags for your shoes- these ones are useful as you can have your Parkrun barcode on them too. It’s always a good idea to be safe and run in well lit areas, but if that isn’t the option for you (it isn’t for me when I go and stay with my parents) invest in a head torch. I like my Petzl one, it stays up, isn’t too heavy and is very bright so you can see the road ahead, but it also makes you visible to others.

I love running in the winter and especially embrace the evening runs, especially on chilly evenings, so I’m very much looking forward to the Run in the Dark Race. This night race is on 11th November at Salford Quays and you can either race a 5k or a 10k race. The race starts and finishes near the BBC/Media City UK tram stop and has a traffic-free route that goes around the Quays, which should look beautifully lit up at that time of night (start at 8pm). The race is also part of a global relay, where the run will start in Australia and cross the globe, before finishing in the USA, how cool is that?!

I have to admit I love night races and did one in London last year, which was awesome too, and from what I saw of Run in the Dark last year I am definitely excited for this one too. I must add that the Run in the Dark race entry also includes your flashing/reflective armband, which has already been helpful for some training runs for me and is proving to be a vital part of kit!

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