Our popular night race series kicks off at Beechenhurst Lodge. 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.
Note: For these off-road night races entrants can move their entry from one to another, on-line at Fabian4, themselves (go to 'amend entry' at fabian4) up till 72 hours before the event. Thus if you find you can't do the first one, say, you can defer your entry by yourself to the 2nd or 3rd date. We hope this gives you more confidence to enter as you are less likely to waste the entry fee in the event of illness/date clashes.
Event 1: Fri 16th Dec 2022. 7:30pm. Beechenhurst Lodge, Speech House Rd, Coleford GL16 7EJ. A beginners course totally on forest trails with no mud. Road shoes may be suitable (depending on weather conditions in the days leading up to the event). This is a fast course with a 'hard- pack' gravel surface throughout. Hot drinks and cakes after. Enter here
Event 2: Thurs 12th Jan 2023. 7:30pm. Wye Valley and Piercefield Park. HQ: Chepstow Racecourse. 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. Enter here
Event 3: Fri 17th Feb 2023. Mallards Pike Lake, Forest of Dean, Near, Parkend, Lydney GL15 4HD. This is one of your favourite routes. A heady mix of different running terrains - small twisty mountain bike single track, bridle paths across grassy open areas, dense forest, muddy footpaths, some gravel fire track at the start to spread you out and the smooth paths around the lake itself at the finish.
As standard - Inclusive hot drinks and cake at the finish in our heated marquee and of course a finishers medal. Hosted at Go Ape. Enter here
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: V40, V50, V60+ (only one prize per person). We will also have 2 spot prizes on each evening (again - during covid rules/regulations there will be no prize presentation).
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”.