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FAQs

Why run at night?

Have a look at the Comments and feedback from our last event, the Dart2Dart on Friday 4th November. See our Top 10 Reasons to Run at Night or have a look at our brilliant video, shot and directed by Beccy Strong on Haytor.

My question is about the Burrator 10K day race?

We have a separate FAQ page for the Burrator 10K. CLICK HERE to view it

Do I have to wear a head torch?

For all our races a head torch or body mounted light (such as a Kalenji run light)  must be worn throughout the duration of the race. You may want to wear additional safety lighting, flashers, glo-sticks, handtorches, etc, but these must be in addition to the main front facing head or body torch.

What sort of headtorch do I need?

Our sponsor Petzl produces a wide range. We recommend you spend at least £30 on a headtorch. And spending more (around £100) does get you a much brighter more reliable light that will be safer and enable you to run faster. Unlike running shoes they also last for several years. A £5 headtorch from a petrol station is definitely not recommended! See also our Top 10 Tips for Running at Night

How do Series Points Work?

There are points based on your place in each category. eg 100 for the winner, 99 for second place and so on. However for 2016/2017 season you can not mix distances. So all the long races at each event (10 miles, 1/2 marathon & a couple of 10Ks)  count for Long Series Points and all the shorter races (1x10K, 5 miles, 5Ks) count for Short Series Points. Your best 3 results from the series count towards your overall result. (nb originally four races were to count for 2016/2017. However because a number of people went off course at the Moonlight Flit we have decided to exclude that race from the Series Results.

Important: One other thing to note about Series Results. For individual events the overall podium (Top 3) overrides age categories. So for example if a Vet comes 2nd overall they will appear 2nd overall but not in the Vets results. However for Series Points people revert to their correct category. So the Vet who came 2nd Overall is 1st Vet in the Series points and all other vets move down one place.

Do I need to enter all the races at once to qualify for series points?

No, definitely not. Our software uses names as the identifier so if you enter one race to start with and then 3 more you will still get for qualifying races. However for 2016/2017 you can’t mix distances for points.  So we have long series points and short series points.

Can I bring my dog?

Generally dogs are not permitted at our races due to issues with livestock, Dartmoor National Parks etc. However there are three races where dogs on a lead or harness are permitted. The Haldon Night at Haldon Forest, the Dark Dart Dash at Dartington and the Moonlight Flit in Totnes.

What is the minimum age for your events?

We adhere to the distance limits site by the Trail Running Assocition which is part of England Athletics. At the Haldon Night we are running short races for kids too.

age group (age on day of race)

Maximum Distance Under 8                  1 Km
8 & 9                                                             2 Km
10 & 11                                                          3 Km
12 & 13                                                          5 Km
14 & 15                                                          6 Km
16                                                                   10 Km
17                                                                    25 km
18 & 19                                                          45 Km
20 and over                                                  No Limit

Can I get a refund or move my registration to another race?

Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds or deferrals as we incur costs as soon as we start organising the race. We will only offer deferrals or event changes to people who volunteer to marshall at one of our races.

I can’t run this year; can I transfer my registration to someone else?

Yes, we do offer free name transfers. After you notify we’ll send you a code which will allow your friend to enter online to take your place. We do have a strict 7 day cut off for transfers as otherwise we run the risk of having errors on the start list (eg men running as women etc)

Can I alter my registration between races on the same day (eg switch from Wild Night Run to Mild Night Run or from Burrator Noir 10 mile to 10K

Yes you can be transferred if space is available. There is no partial refund if you are transferring to a shorter race. You will need to pay the difference if you are transferring to a longer race. nb It is very important that you tell us if you have changed race! Otherwise if you suddenly decide to take the ‘Short Route’ halfway through your race it will mess up our Results.

Can I walk the race route? Is there a time limit to complete the course?

For all our races (except the 5Ks)  you will need to run the majority of the time to get inside the time limits.

Are there age group prizes?

We have some great prizes provided by our sponsors. The organisers reserve the right to reduce or exclude prizes if there are insufficient entries in a particular category. The top 3 overall in each race overrrides the Vet categories. So if you are a Vet40 and finish 2nd Overall you’ll get the prize for second overall and the 2nd Vet40 will move up to first place in that race.  However for Series Points the system reverts to your Age Category.

Is there a registration limit?

There is a limit of 250 total participants for the Wild Night Run and the Mild Night run. Our other races have limits taking into account parking, availability of toilets etc.

Will the race be timed?

All our races will be chip timed using NFC chips working with our new registration and timing provider www.webscorer.com. Results will be available on the night and also on our website within a few hours. There is also a free results app available at the link below.

FREE results app for iOS & Android

What should we wear?

For all our races, all entrants are responsible for their own lot but should come equipped for unpredictable weather conditions. Kit lists are published in the race manuals.  However for all races we do ask you to wear hi-viz or reflective clothing.  And don’t forget to bring warm dry clothing to change into after the race. Also worth having a look at our Top 10 Tips for Running at Night

What happens if the weather is bad on the day?

Organisers reserve the right to change, shorten or even cancel the races  in the event of extreme bad weather. However the weather has to be pretty bad. A mild blizzard (as happened at the Wild Night Run in 2015) is all part of the fun.

How do I enter a team?

There is a question on the Registration form ‘Team (optional club or team name)’ Please enter your Team Name or Club Name here. For example Yeovil Running Club run under the team name Dark Knights. Tavi Tri Club run under their club name. Either will do. You just need three or more people to enter under the same team name or club name.

When does Registration open for races?

Registration opens at least 90 minutes before the start time (or 2 hours if we have a big field). Please make sure you have registered 15 minutes before the published start time.

Do I need to be in a club to enter a team?

Definitely not. Teams can also be groups of friends or colleagues. If there are at least 2 of you you’ll appear as a team in the results. You do need three to qualify for team points though.

How do I join your Strava Club?

It’s free to join and there’s the chance to win spot prizes. You’ll find all the details on our Strava Page – STRAVA PAGE

When can I collect my number on the day and where from?

Make sure you collect your number and timing chip from registration, no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of your race. We recycle timing chips so please return them after the race.

Can I wear my mp3 / iPod?

For your safety, music players and headphones may not be worn.

Where can I park?

This information is in our Race Manuals which are published well before each race. You will also be sent a link to the manual by email.

Are the Wild Night Run race distances accurate?

The Burrator Noir 10K is exactly 10K as it’s on tarmac and we can move the start and finish to get an exact distance. With our trail races it is tougher as we have to work with the best local trails we can find. That means the distances are approximate. If there is more than a very slight difference we will explain this in the race manual & at the race briefing.

What is the sizing on the T-shirts?

Ladies tech t-shirts are as follows. These t-shirts are quite fitted so please go up one size if you don’t want it close fitting.

XS Size 8, Chest 32

S Size 10. Chest 34

M Size 12, Chest 36

L Size 14, Chest 38

XL Size 16, Chest 40

XXL Size 18, Chest 42

Men’s Cotton T-Shirts & Men’s Tech t-shirts

Small 34/36

Medium 38

Large 40/42

XL 40/46

How do I find the start?

If you take the turning immediately opposite the Clifton College on the Abbots Leigh Rd- that is on your left from Gordano Services on the M5. It’s the main access point in to the woods, close to Clifton Suspension Bridge and North Rd.