The Darkness Dash - the Windmilers Night Run Thursday 21 November 2019

The Darkness Dash will take place on Thursday November 21, instead of training (club members only). A run with a difference - see how it feels to run in the dark with badgers and owls, using a torch to make your way around!  There is the opportunity to do this run as a race, as a steady run or to run as part of a led group.  And  there's a chance to borrow or buy a torch on the night.

Club member Ricky Wood, who works at Up and Running, will be  bringing along a selection of headtorches for you to try out, and buy. (Note - do please bring a torch of your own as well, we won't have enough for everyone to try during the run.)


6.50 - 7.10 - assemble at Belgrave Hall.  Do come at the beginning of this time slot if you want a chance to try a torch  (it will also be possible to buy one after the run).

7.15 - announcements.

7.20 - we'll leave Belgrave Hall and jog to the start, on the Common.

Approx.  7.45 - run begins.

The faster finishers will wait for the rest of the runners.  We will all return together to Belgrave Hall afterwards.

Approx 8.30-8.45 - at Belgrave Hall, a further chance to look at and/or buy headtorches.

8.45 onward - to the pub (to be confirmed, probably the Swan as it's close by).

The route is about 3.5 miles.  You can see the route map below.


Please wear light coloured clothing/hi-viz; you MUST wear a head-torch or carry a hand-torch (if you don't have a torch you will not be able to run).  Make sure you have checked the torch before the night in case you need new batteries.

Please wear trail shoes if you have them, be prepared for slippery conditions, carry a mobile if you can (for safety reasons we will be taking participants' mobile numbers at registration); so that you can stay warm as
you cheer in the slower runners, please bring a jacket or fleece to put on at the finish (you can leave it at the start).

We'll go to the Common and return as a group. Any non-members who want to join in will be asked to sign a disclaimer.

Running at night is an adventure and you should be aware of the hazards. It will be very dark, unlike the well-lit streets that we normally train on in winter. If you run regularly on the common and take part in the three mile handicap, you will probably have run on the paths we will use but they will look different in the dark - you may need to run more slowly. Do expect and watch out for potholes, tree roots and branches, and mud. Please DO make sure you have fresh batteries in your torch & test how bright it is before the race, as it may not cast as much light as you expect.

Helping put on the event

If you do not want to run, please consider helping - contact Claire Morgan on to offer.  This event needs more helpers than the Windmilers' daytime events.   This involves marking the route (with glow sticks), marshalling - we have 10 marshal points & we make sure that female marshals are paired up, so more than 10 marshals are usually needed, a tail runner to accompany the slower runners, an additional sweep (in case of emergency), and 3 people on the start/finish.