11 Sep

Night Running

runners at the start of a Supernova night event

Of course, the most popular time of the week for races are Sunday mornings. The weekend slot and minimal traffic disruptions make it the obvious peak time for road races UK wide (writes Chris Broadbent).

But there is a growing trend for night time running, as race organisers get creative and develop fresh running experiences and innovations for an adrenaline-craving crowd. The National Trust is launching a series of Night Runs to take place across their stunning sites starting from this October. Across the pond, the Yanks are at it too. The Night Nation Run is launching in cities across the US this month.

The American event brings together running, music and laser shows for a night time spectacular launching in Seattle this Saturday. No doubt there will be the odd whoop and the occasional holler. In my own neck of the woods there is a night run series set to take place through autumn and winter blending junior races, 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon on road and trail.

Bournemouth Marathon Festival, now into its sixth year, will once again feature the Supersonic 5K on Saturday evening - an illuminating experience through the coastal city this October; there are other Supernova events in London (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park) and Scotland (The Kelpies, Falkirk). Dublin is another city to have joined the night time revolution. Its Night Run attracts 4,000 to the city centre on a Sunday night.

The growth in the events chimes strongly with me. Most of my training takes place in the evening - I welcome the feeling of the crisp evening air when the first beads of sweat appear. As a sporting spectator, I have always enjoyed live sport much more at night time. There is just something about a night lights and a large crowd that adds an extra bit of fizz to the atmosphere.

So, I understand why there is a growing market for night time events. Don’t know about you, but I’ll be booking up soon.