The organisers behind the fifth Wild Night Run Series will this year be teaming up with three local charities, in the hope of generating a fundraising legacy for the series.
Runners of all persuasions are hoping to blaze a trail for charity, by lining up for the Burrator Noir at Burrator Reservoir on December 3.
The organisers behind the Wild Night Run Series will this year be teaming up with three local charities, in the hope of generating a fundraising legacy for the series.
The Plymouth Guild, which supports people in Plymouth with information, advice and practical support, Farms for City Children (which provides learning opportunities for deprived inner city children and Jessie May (a Bristol based charity, which offers assistance to carers of seriously ill children).
Last year, more than 1200 runners took part across the series, donning their head torches and tackling a mixture of terrain, including moorland, trail, famer’s fields and the odd river crossing. This year, organisers are hoping to go even better, with entries already 25 % up on last year.
The first race in the series, the Dart To Dart, attracted 150 runners who took on an 8.5mile loop, starting and finishing at Dartmeet, via Yar tor, Bellever and sections of Dartmoor.
Organiser Ceri Rees, said: “We wanted to give people another incentive to get their head torches on. We have already helped raise money for Jessie May through last year’s series, as well as Plymouth Guild, through the Burrator 10k but this year, we are keen to make it easier for people to raise funds for three very worthwhile charities, which have deep routes in the community.”
All runners will receive an engraved wooden medal and series T-shirts are available on the night.
The Burrator Noir will start at 5.30pm from the South West Lakes Discovery Centre at Burrator Reservoir. Warm food and drinks will be available from the café. Parking and toilets are also available at the centre.
Katie Wade, a fundraiser for Farms for City Children, said: “We offer urban children from all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time, on a real farm in the heart of the countryside. We are delighted to have the support of the Wild Night Run team to help us provide more children who may not know where their food comes from, the opportunity to explore the outside world. We love the variety of races that the Wild Night Run organise, and look forward to working together!”
George Plenderleith, CEO of the Plymouth Guild, said: “We are really excited to be one of the charities working with the Wild Night Run events and welcome anyone who wishes to run and raise money for us.”
The other races in the series include the Burrator Noir on December 3rd, the Dark Dart Dash in Dartington on December 15th, the Haldon Night Run in Haldon Forest on January 14th, the Moonlit Flit in Totnes on January 28th, the Wild Night Run on February 11th and Back to Black in Bristol’s Leigh Woods on February 25th.
Runners should come prepared to deal with some tricky terrain, mostly off road and with plenty of climbing.
Co organiser Ben Tisdall added: “These are all tough races and not for the faint-hearted but the fact that it is at night, seems to make people more aware of each other, which is a very positive experience.
“The Wild Night Run Series has shown that there is a large appetite for new challenges, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. In keeping with the spirit of the events, we’ve got our caterers The Kitchen Table providing fantastic stews, cake and hot drinks. We’ve also got some great prizes from our sponsors Viewranger, Petzl, Healey’s Cyder and Frank Elford Sports, as an added bonus.”
Head-torches are compulsory. The courses will be well marshalled by volunteers and marked with flashing lights and arrows. The wilder sections will also be marked with reflective ski poles and glow painted canes.
Anyone who wants to raise money for any of the above charities, can do so by clicking on the charities page at www.wildnightrun.co.uk
Wild Night Race Series
Dart to Dart (Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park): Friday November 4th
Burrator Noir: December 3rd
Dark Dart Dash in Dartington: December 15th
The Haldon Night Run in Haldon Forest: January 14th
The Wild Night Run in South Brent: January 28th
The Moonlit Flit in Totnes: February 11th
Back to Black in Bristol’s Leigh Woods: February 25th.
Ceri & Ben’s top training tips for the Wild Night Run Series are:
*Do some running in the dark with a head torch before the race to get used to what it‘s like to run in the dark.
*If you’re local why not join one of the regular Thursday evening runs organised by www.wildrunning.co.uk in the South Hams and on Dartmoor.
*Don’t wear new shoes for the race. All kit should be tried and tested.
*Bring a rain proof jacket and trousers with you, just in case, a map and a compass.
*Don’t try anything new on race day, keep breakfast, lunch and fuel intake as per training runs. Don’t forget to make sure you’re properly hydrated.
*Don’t forget to put fresh batteries in your head torch!