Manchester Running

How to Run in the Dark

November 3, 2015

The clocks went back and the nights have gotten very dark already, so this means not only do you need to make sure you’re ready to run in the dark, the annual Run in the Dark Manchester race is almost upon us too!



To get myself night race ready, but also to stay safe running on winter evenings, I recently bought some bright running gear to keep me seen! This fluorescent long sleeve Ronhill top, is not only brightly coloured but it has some reflective parts too. My favourite Adidas leggings also show up in the dark pretty well. I also have a Ronhill hat for the chilly runs, which also has reflective parts, super useful! Plus my running shoes recently died so I got myself new ones, any excuse to buy really bright pink shoes, also perfect for those dark runs. I definitely think they’ll stand me in good stead for the Run in the Dark 10k- I’m hoping I will stand out quite clearly in all my gear.

I also definitely suggest carrying a phone on you when you go out running in the evening (and letting a friend/housemate/your partner know when you may be back), or at least getting some ICE tags for your shoes- these ones are useful as you can have your Parkrun barcode on them too. It’s always a good idea to be safe and run in well lit areas, but if that isn’t the option for you (it isn’t for me when I go and stay with my parents) invest in a head torch. I like my Petzl one, it stays up, isn’t too heavy and is very bright so you can see the road ahead, but it also makes you visible to others.



I love running in the winter and especially embrace the evening runs, especially on chilly evenings, so I’m very much looking forward to the Run in the Dark Race, which you can enter here. This night race is on 11th November at Salford Quays and you can either race a 5k or a 10k race. The race starts and finishes near the BBC/Media City UK tram stop and has a traffic-free route that goes around the Quays, which should look beautifully lit up at that time of night (start at 8pm). The race is also part of a global relay, where the run will start in Australia and cross the globe, before finishing in the USA, how cool is that?!

I have to admit I love night races and did one in London last year, which was awesome too, and from what I saw of Run in the Dark last year I am definitely excited for this one too. I must add that the Run in the Dark race entry also includes your flashing/reflective armband, which has already been helpful for some training runs for me and is proving to be a vital part of kit!

Would you run a night race? What are your winter night running tips? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. I am an official blogger for Run in the Dark, as ever all opinions are my own.

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  • Reply Manchester Flick Chick (Chrissie) November 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I absolutely love that the race is like a relay around the world!

    • Reply MissPond November 9, 2015 at 7:38 am

      It’s cool isn’t it?!

  • Reply Michelle November 8, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I really need to sign myself up for something to motivate myself – once those evenings draw in I just stop. Not great.
    The lure of some new bright running gear might be enough to shove me out of the door though. Well done on keeping going through the winter!
    M x

    • Reply MissPond November 9, 2015 at 7:37 am

      I have signed up for two half marathons but I’m kinda in denial over them… I have found some new gear has gotten me going though so it may help you 🙂

  • Reply nicol November 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    definitely something neon! ive never ran in the dark before though

    • Reply MissPond November 4, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      You should give it a go- quite exhilarating!

  • Reply Holly at RockOnHolly November 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Wow! I’ve never heard of this before! Good luck with it. You’ve given some great tips and products, for all Winter, not just the race. Very good!! xx

    • Reply MissPond November 4, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Nafisah Atcha November 4, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Such a great post! I hope your running goes well xx

    • Reply MissPond November 4, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you x

  • Reply Umber Phoenix November 3, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Id love to run in the dark, but my area isnt safe at night. Slowly working up to doing another race as had to pull out of a 10km a few weeks ago due to knee issues. I really need to get back running…

    Umber x

    • Reply MissPond November 4, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      I know that feeling, hopefully you can find somewhere safe to run when you’re feeling better. Don’t push it x

  • Reply Jennifer November 3, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve just entered a half marathon, so will be needing to do some training runs in the dark. I have to admit it’s something I’m a bit nervous of, but will be using it as an excuse to treat myself to lots of lovely brightly coloured running clothes!
    Jennifer x
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    • Reply MissPond November 4, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      There’s nothing like new running gear to motivate you too! Good luck for your training x

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