When is the Run in the Dark?

The Run in the Dark will be held in November 2020. Start time is 8:00 pm in most locations; please check the specific event page for your location’s start time. The official locations, which include chip timing, are Dublin, Cork, Belfast, and London. 

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry fee for Dublin and Cork is €30 plus €2 admin fee. The fee to enter in Belfast is £24.50 and £25.95 in London which includes postage and packing, plus admin fee. The early bird offer of a free tech top has now closed. Participants in Europe and USA have the option to purchase a tech top when registering.  

Who can enter?

Participants of age 14 and over can take part. Prams and pets are not allowed for health & safety reasons. 

I can’t see my location on the website?

Our official locations are Dublin, Cork, Belfast, and London. Our smaller pop-up events, which are organised by our network of volunteer pop-up champions around the world, will open by early September. 

If I can’t make it to an official location can I do my own run?

Yes! If you can’t make it to one of the official locations you can take part in one of our pop up events. If there isn’t a pop up in your area, please get in touch by sending an email to info@runinthedark.org and we can give you more information about taking part in a virtual run, or setting up a pop-up event.

How much does it cost to enter a Pop Up event?

Because pop ups are small casual events organised by volunteers they don’t have the chip timing/ event set up of an official event. So pop up entry fee varies by location as follows: 
Euro zone €25 
UK: £21.50 
AUD: $38 
NZD: $40 
SFR: CHF 27 
CAD: $38 
USD: $30 
KYD: $23 

How do I organise a Pop Up event?

Download our pdf here. Send us an email to info@runinthedark.org and we will get you started! Just check the map to see there isn’t one already in your town or city. 


Your entry fee will go directly to The Mark Pollock Trust. The Trust is a discretionary trust set up pursuant to section 198A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 (Special Trusts For Incapacitated Persons). 

In addition to payment of your entry fee many of our runners choose to fundraise for their run. You can choose to fundraise for The Mark Pollock Trust, or you can choose to select a charity or other cause of your choice. 

 If you are fundraising for the Mark Pollock Trust, please do not refer to it as a registered charity. The Mark Pollock Trust is a discretionary trust set up pursuant to section 198A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 (Special Trusts For Incapacitated Persons). “Organisations which are established to provide support to a single individual are not eligible for charitable status in Ireland”.

Do I have to raise money for charity? 

No. You can just pay your entry fee and take part. Your entry fee will go directly to the Mark Pollock Trust. 

 Will I get an official time?

All participants at official events in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London get a timing chip in their run pack. 

You must wear your run number on your chest. It must be visible at all times, otherwise you may be refused entry and your time may not be recorded. 

Please note that the finishing time which will be sent to you by text message after the event is the chip time. This result will also be published on our website.  Placings in the results are based on chip time. 

  • Chip time begins recording when you cross the start line mat until you cross the finish line mat, i.e. how long it took you from start to finish. 
  • Gun time begins at the event start time i.e. 8pm. The clock timer at the finish time will start at this time, so the time on the clock will differ from your recorded chip time.  

Pop-Up events are small casual events organised by local volunteers and are not chip timed – just a run with a group of friends to show your support for the Mark Pollock Trust in your part of the world.


Results for Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London will be posted online after the event on the results page, which can be found in the navigation menu of our website. As soon as possible after the event you will receive a text with your chip time, provided you have entered your mobile number correctly during the registration process. 

Run, Jog or Walk?

Run in the Dark events are fun run events. We welcome all abilities to come out and take part and have a good night. All 10k participants must run and must be able to complete the run in under 1 hour 20 mins. Walkers are welcome for the 5k event. 

During the registration process you will be asked to give an estimate of your running time in Dublin and Belfast. This time will be used to allocate you to an appropriate start wave on the night of the run. Please arrive in time to find your wave and position yourself where you will have the best chance to run the time you want.  

Course Measurements

The 5k and 10k routes in each official location are measured according to Athletics Ireland / British Running standards. Please note that if you are using GPS devices to measure the route as you run, tall buildings in built up city areas can affect GPS. 

Can I review the route map for my event?

Yes. Go to the event specific pages for information about start/finish locations and detailed maps about bag drop areas, toilet and changing facilities, and run pack collection. The route map for official locations will also be emailed to you in the days leading up to the event. Please note that routes are subject to change. 

Will there be a bag drop area?

The Run in the Dark will provide a bag drop area in certain locations for all participants. Directions for the bag drop in your location will be sent to you by email. You may also check your location’s event page for more information. 

In official locations, your baggage label is the perforated part of your run number. Please check your location specific event page for more information. 

Please note that running at night in November can make for chilly weather conditions! Please ensure that you bring appropriate layered/waterproof clothing to allow you to remain warm up to the start of the run after you leave the bag drop. 

Will water be provided?

Health and safety advise that providing water bottles on route in potentially cold and dark conditions would be hazardous. Water bottles are therefore only provided at the end of the course. If you require water for the route, please bring it with you. 

When should I register?

The sooner the better! We expect the official locations to sell out fast, as they did last year. And, pop-up events have limited space so register today. 

Can I register on the day at the event?

Unfortunately not, as most of our events sell out beforehand. 

How do I know I’ve registered?

You will receive an email confirming your entry. If a friend or colleague has entered for you, an email confirmation will be sent to the email that was used on the entry. 
Please check your spam folder for confirmations. 

Closer to the event you will receive a confirmation SMS with your run number. 

Can I swap locations after I’ve registered?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to swap to another location. All run numbers are specific to each event so please ensure you are on the correct location page when registering. 

Can I swap distances?

Yes, that’s no problem. Just run your desired distance and the chip timer will know. You will be categorised accordingly. 

Can I give my number to someone else if I can’t run at the event?

No. You can’t allow someone else to run with your run number for insurance and result classification reasons. 

Can I change the size of my tech top?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to change the size of your tech top. 

Can I change my postal address?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to change your postal address at this stage, as packs have begun to be prepared and posted. 

I can’t run. Can I get a refund?

As stated in our Terms & Conditions, we offer a refund within 48 hours of purchase of your run entry. Unfortunately, the transaction fee is non-refundable, and the entry fee is non-refundable and non-transferable after 48 hours. No refund can be issued after 2nd October. 

What information will I get leading up to the Run In The Dark?

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter channels for the latest updates. We will send you useful information by email to get you in to the zone for your event, including training plans, fundraising options, and important information about race day. 

When do I receive my run pack?

Your run pack will be posted out in the weeks prior to the event, unless you chose the pack pick up option in Dublin or Cork. Please ensure when registering that the postal address you provide will be an address that will still work for you in November. If your address changes after packs have been posted, an additional postage fee will apply. We can only deliver to addresses in Ireland and the UK. 

If you’re registering as a prepaid team, all the run packs will be sent to the team leader’s address so please make sure that the team leader will be able to access that address in November in time to distribute the packs to the rest of the team. 

If you chose pack pick up in Dublin or Cork, you can pick up your pack in the days preceding the event. You will receive an email with all of the details. 

When do I receive my tech top?

If you entered as an individual or claimed a team place by 2nd September, you probably know you are getting a snazzy free top! Or, if you missed the deadline you have the option to purchase a top in Europe and USA.  

If you are taking part in Belfast, London, or a pop-up event, your tech top will be posted to you. If taking part in Cork or Dublin, you will receive the top based on which of the following you opted for: postage, or pick up.

If you are part of a team in Dublin, Cork, Belfast or London, all tops will be sent to your team leader. 

What happens if I don’t receive my run pack?

If you haven’t received your run pack by Monday 11th November, please email us at info@runinthedark.org. We will have your run pack ready for collection on the night of the run instead. 

Pack Collection Information- No SMS received

If you are a Dublin or Cork runner and have chosen to collect your pack, you will receive an SMS with your run number. You must show this at the pack pick up location. If you do not receive an SMS, bring your confirmation email with you to the pack pick up location and our information desk will assist you. 

Belfast and London do not have a pack pick up facility – all packs for these locations will be posted out up until 4th November; late sign ups will be waiting at the start line. 

Can I/we enter a group or corporate team?

Yes absolutely, the more of you running as a group or team the better! Everyone in your team will be running individually but you can choose to create a team as you go through the registration process. 

There are two types of teams: 

  1. Team members pay individually. For this type of team you sign up through the ‘Individual entry’ section and either create or join a team during registration. 
  1. A team captain pre-pays for a team and circulates a discount code so the other team members can ‘claim a place’ in that team. There are discounts associated with option 2. 

All places in prepaid teams must be claimed by 30th October. This is to facilitate building the team packs. Following 30th October spots are no longer held and go on general sale. 

How do I join an existing team?

You can join a team by clicking Claim Place on the registration form. 

If your entry has been prepaid by a team leader, you will need to ask your team for the password to enter the registration form. 

What are the advantages of a team?

Camaraderie, fun and discounts! Email info@runinthedark.org for more info.

What do I get for taking part?

Everyone in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, and London gets a cool flashing armband, a finisher’s medal, refreshments, chip timing with a text to confirm your result, and a certificate of completion. As well as a great atmosphere and being a vital part of the fundraising efforts of the Mark Pollock Trust.  

Explaining your entry fee

100% of your entry fee received goes directly to The Mark Pollock Trust. Our fantastic sponsors help pay for the costs of putting on this multi-location event, which is expensive to run. Any Run in the Dark organising costs that aren’t covered by sponsorship money are paid for by the Mark Pollock Trust. We are constantly seeking more financial support so that sponsors cover all the event costs. Then we can make the event even better for you and raise more funds to support the Mark Pollock Trust.  

Thank you for being part of the Run in the Dark and generating awareness of the Trust’s mission. 

Your entry fee includes and covers:
  • venue hire
  • chip timing
  • staffing
  • logistics including course management
  • risk assessments
  • health and safety requirements
  • medical cover
  • public liability insurance
  • portaloos
  • barriers
  • run numbers and printing
  • website management and run information and updates
  • administration
  • event supplies including safety pins and water
  • marketing and promotion of the event
  • technical long sleeve running tops for early bird entries
  • armbands

We hope this clarifies your entry fee and helps explain how this covers all costs of ensuring a great event for you. For more questions please email info@runinthedark.org

How do I get a Run in the Dark tech top?

Unfortunately, tech tops are sold out.

I’m not sure what size Run in the Dark tech top to order, do you have a sizing chart?

Yes, please see the below sizing chart for our long-sleeve tech tops. Please bear in mind that Run in the Dark tech tops are unisex. 



Can I volunteer?

Absolutely! Click here to express your interest. We would be delighted to welcome you to join our team! 

Do you have a training plan?

Of course. You can download our 8 week beginner training plan for both 5k and 10k here.


not signed up yet?

run in the dark sign up button
Volunteer Button
Fundraise Button
Runner icon
mark pollock logo
mark pollock trust logo

+353 (85) 1215045 •  +44 (203) 6426755  •  info@runinthedark.org  •  privacy statement  •  cookies policy  •  site map