RUN IN THE DARK TO Fast-track A CURE FOR PARALYSIS 16th november 2016



  As darkness sweeps around the globe on Wednesday, November 16th, thousands will pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and head for the door. In over 50 cities worldwide, they will be part of a living light show flowing through the streets like lava. Those same people will be helping to fast-track a cure for paralysis as part of the Run in the Dark. Join us in one of our 6 official locations, Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London,Manchester and Taipei (12/11), or join with our volunteers in pop-up events in cities worldwide.


Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 that left him paralysed. As Mark strives to walk again, his most complex journey is ahead of him - to find a cure for spinal cord injuries for him and the millions of paralysed people around the world. The Run in the Dark plays a vital role in funding The Mark Pollock Trust's mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.


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All proceeds raised from #RunInTheDark go directly to the Mark Pollock Trust.  Our mission is to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for spinal cord injury, and we are already making progress.  

Up to this point in history it has proven impossible to discover a cure for paralysis. But history is filled with accounts of the impossible made possible through human endeavor. This is why the Mark Pollock Trust is exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery, working with the world’s greatest scientists and building a tribe to amplify the mission. 

 If you’ve already  started to help the cause by signing up to Run In The Dark you can take it one step further by creating a JustGiving page for your run below and ask your friends and family to support you on the run.


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The Run in the Dark Training Plans were created by Official Run In The Dark Coach John O’Regan. 

John O’Regan is our expert Run in the Dark coach. He was the man I turned to for advice prior to the Gobi March 2003 and then my team-mate for The North Pole Marathon 2004, the Dead Sea Ultra 2007 and the Everest Marathon 2007. He was always faster when I wasn’t slowing him down and was 2nd in the Ice Marathon in Antarctica, won the Machu Picchu Peru and is a Spartathlon finisher in Greece. He also runs for 24 hours straight at world champs. In short he is the real deal!
— Mark Pollock

John started running in April 2001 and since then has competed in some of the most extreme Marathons and Ultra Marathons in the world taking in the 7 Continents. He now runs competitively and has represented Ireland in Trail, 100K and 24-hr Races. He’s also a running coach and competes in shorter races including 5&10ks, with a 5k Personal Best of 17:20 and a 10k Personal Best of 35:09.

John has created 8 week Training Plans for both 5K and 10K which can be downloaded below. 


2016 - 8 week beginner training plans

2016 - 5 Week training plans

If it doesn’t challenge you then it won’t change you
— John O’Regan