Off-road Night Races 2022/23
The next race in our popular night race series is at Beechenhuirst Lodge in the Forest of Dean. Easy to find and with plenty of car parking. We will use pretty much the same course as last year.
Fees: Pre-entry: £14 affiliated (£16 unaffil) - please note a slight price increase to cover yet more charges imposed by the Forestry Commission for 2023.
Event 3: Fri 17th Feb 2023. Change of venue - Beechenhurst Lodge. Forest of Dean. Speech House Rd, Coleford GL16 7EJ.
This route is all on forest fire-track so has no muddy sections nor stones/roots. It suits night race beginners and more experienced off-road runners looking for an easier underfoot experience.
All fully marked as usual with over 400 reflective markers.
As standard - Inclusive hot drinks and cake at the finish and of course a finishers medal.
Photos by Tosh
Previous event this year:
Event 2: Thurs 12th Jan 2023. 7:30pm. An off-piste course with plenty of single-track, footpaths and mud. Hosted at the lovely racecourse facilities with ample car parking and the usual cakes and hot drinks after in the plush bar area.
Photos by Tosh
Night running off-road is an exciting experience and one not to be missed. These Night Race events will:
be roughly 5 or 6 miles long
have 'chip timing'
be fully marked with over 500 specially made reflective signs and flashing arrows.
have toilets and catering facilities
have a running ‘sweeper’ and marshals in key places on the route with radios to keep in contact with base
have First Aid Cover
be fully Permitted and insured through the ARC.
At each event snacks and drinks will be included and in many cases further meals will be available to purchase.
Our chip timing system allows us to produce 'live results' so you'll be able to see your time, category position and where you come relative your friends as soon as you finish. There will be a prize presentation not long after the last runner finishes (this will of course not necessarily be the case due to covid rules/regulations)
There will be trophies for 1st Man and Lady and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Man and Lady and also in the age categories: Sen, V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65, V70+ (only one prize per person).
For these events, a head-torch is clearly an essential item. Modern LED lights will provide all the light you'll need to run fast over difficult terrain. Getting a powerful light is the best way to boost your confidence and performance.
We strongly advise you to wear 'fell shoes' on these events. Innov8's, Walshes or similar shoes with an aggressive tread and shallow mid-sole. You wear road shoes at your peril (except for the trail race at Beecehnhurst). Road shoes, whilst not only having minimum grip, are often wider and place your feet higher off the ground.
It's a very good idea to bring a hat, gloves and a windproof to these races. At night and in these months it can be below freezing. If you suffer back-up light failure, it’s a cold wait, and a slow jog back with the ‘Sweepers’.
This is what people have said about our night races: “That’s the best race I have ever done. “ “Great race, proper trails, lots of fun“. “Fantastic. Thanks”. “Great course, very well organised and nice chips!!” “Congratulations on an awesome race last night, really well organised and thoroughly enjoyed by all - many thanks personally and on behalf of those in our club”.