runABC sheds some light on Wild Night Run
Runners no longer left in the dark as new Wild Running event leaves the South West for the first time
Specialists in Trail Running Adventures and races, Wild Running is branching out with the latest in their six-event Wild Night Run Series. Held for the first time outside the South West region, the Dark Skies Surrey Hills trail race will take place at England's largest wine estate...Cheers!
Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking is the host venue and Saturday 29 January from 4:00pm to 8:00pm has been selected for a testing yomp through the hilly, probably muddy, but definitely exciting wooded valleys, vineyards, and farmers fields with 10 miles, 10K, and 5K options available, plus a 1K-2K dash for mini-trail racers aged 3-11 years.
The first thing to clear up is the race timing and the Dark Skies name. Obviously, unless there is an unexpected total eclipse, the skies will not be dark during the active phase of the event! This is a necessary but temporary aberration from the usual nighttime, headtorch-wearing concept of Wild Night Run Series events to comply with current Covid-19 safety restrictions.
So, runners will be visible throughout and Wild Running's care and attention include swiping in all finishers outside Denbies main entrance using an NFC chip system, with manual back-up. There will also be sweeper runners on the course for all three distances so that everyone is safely accounted for.
Running Wild was started in 2012 by ex-elite endurance athlete, rugby player, journalist, and avid adventurer Ceri Rees. As well as a busy and growing portfolio of trail races, Wild Running offers training camps and various running adventures in the UK and Europe as well as useful courses in navigation and bespoke personal coaching.
Image: Courtesy Ceri Rees of Wild Running