10k and 5k Belfast Run in the Dark - 16th November 2016

The iconic Belfast Run in the Dark will take you through the floodlit Stormont Estate.  On Wednesday, the 16th of November at 8pm you’ll join thousands of runners in Belfast, across Ireland and the UK and right around the world. You will run under the night sky in support of our mission to fast track a spinal cord injury cure.

Run 10k, or run or walk 5k and play a part in finding a cure for paralysis. Through our social media channels you can follow the international Run in the Dark locations that will run with Belfast on the 16th of November. Belfast’s Run in the Dark is of huge personal importance to Mark and to the Mark Pollock Trust, being in Mark’s hometown and sustained by his family, friends and supporters. 


Please note the change to the 2015 route. The run up to Parliament buildings can still be enjoyed!




Very limited free parking places will be provided at the Stormont Hotel. There is a finite amount of parking space so do try to car pool. 


An Information Desk will be located at the Storomont hotel if you have any queries.


Please note that the start time is 8.00pm sharp for both the 5k and the 10k run. It is imperative that the run starts on time. Please ensure you are at the start line for 7.45pm.


There will be Toilets in the Stormont Hotel and First Aid at the start line.


Whether you run the 10k or run or walk the 5k Run in the Dark you’ll receive your well-earned goody bag at the finish line. 


No water will be provided on the run route. This is due to safety concerns because of lower visibility than during the day. So, please bring water with you if you think you will need it on the route. We will provide water and Red Bull at the Run in the Dark finish line.


The organisers strongly advise against the use of ipods, earphones or any similar device while participating in the Run in the Dark, as it may restrict your hearing of important instructions and communication with other participants.


The most common question is - Can I change the distance I am going to run? The answer is - Yes. Regardless if you change down from 10km to 5km or up, 5km to 10km it doesn’t matter. You just need to follow the instructions at the start line. The chip on the number will record your distance so we can categorise you correctly. However, if you don’t consider yourself a runner you can walk but you cannot walk the 10k route and have to walk the 5k route. 

For all further questions please see our FAQs section





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