When is the Run in the Dark?

Run in the Dark will be held on Wednesday 9th November 2022 in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and pop-up locations. Run in the Dark London will be held on Wednesday 16th November. Start time is 8:00 pm in most locations; please check the specific event page for your location’s start time.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry fee for Dublin and Cork is €35 plus €2 admin fee, which includes tracked postage. The fee to enter in Belfast is £25.50 and £27.50 in London which includes postage and packing, plus £1.50 admin fee.

Early bird entrants in official locations (Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London) get a free long sleeve tech top; this is open until 16th September. If you are a member of a prepaid team, you must complete the registration form with your personal details by 16th September to avail of the top.

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 event location, can I do my own run?

Yes! If you’re not based near one of our Run in the Dark locations, or you would prefer to take part virtually, you can connect with runners around the world by running in your own location and tracking your time on the Run in the Dark app.

Are you still offering a virtual option?

Yes! If you are not located in a city with a live event or would like the flexibility of running your own route on your own schedule, you can sign up to a virtual event. The virtual event will open from Wednesday 9th-16th November. Virtual runners will time their 5k or 10k on the Run in the Dark app to join the global leaderboard. Run packs are available to virtual runners in Ireland and UK. Participants outside Ireland and UK can sign up to an App Only option which does not include a run pack.

How do I organise a Run in the Dark event in my area?

Send us an email to info@runinthedark.org and we will get you started!



What am I raising money for?

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). The Trust does not have charitable status. All fundraising and donations go to our charity partner Collaborative Cures (RCN:20205817; CHY: 22737) whose mission is to bring people together to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

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 will time your 5k or 10k using the Run in the Dark app, or your wearable device, to join the global leaderboard.


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 toolbar. 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 with 5k and 10k options. 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. 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 location 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 advance of the event. Please note that routes are subject to change.

Will there be a bag drop area?

A bag drop area is available 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, 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.



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. You can edit your entry by clicking the “View Booking” link in your confirmation email. If you can’t find your confirmation email, please contact us at info@runinthedark.org and we will resend it.

If you’re running in an official location, the chip on your run number will pick up the distance you run, so it’s no problem if you change your mind on the day.

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. If you would like to change the name on your registration, you may do so until 1st September.

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?

You may make changes to your postal address until 1st September. However, no changes will be possible once packs have started to be prepared.

I can’t run. Can I get a refund?

As stated in our Terms & Conditions, all entries are final once completed. Entries are non-refundable, and non-transferable.



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

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram, 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 event day.

When do I receive my run pack?

Run packs are posted out to participants in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London in the weeks prior to the event. 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 are taking part in a pop-up event, you will pick up your run kit at registration on the day of the event.

When do I receive my tech top?

If you entered as an individual or claimed a team place in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London by 16th September, you probably know you are getting a free top! This top will be in your run pack.

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

If you haven’t received your run pack by Monday 7th November 2022, please email us at info@runinthedark.org.

Please note: if you are taking part in a pop-up event, you will pick up your run kit at registration on the day of the event.



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.
2. A team captain pre-pays for a team and circulates a link or email so the other team members can ‘claim a place’ in that team. There are discounts associated with option 2.

If a team captain creates a team by 16th September, only those who claim their place on the team by 16th September will be eligible for the early bird long sleeve tech top. Claiming a place means completing the registration form with your personal details.

All places in prepaid teams must be claimed by 28th October. This is to facilitate building the team packs. Following 28th October, places are no longer held and go on general sale.

How do I join an existing team?

You can join a team by clicking “Join Team” on the Individual Entry registration form.

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



What do I get for taking part?

Everyone in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, and London gets a 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.

Participants in pop-up events will get a flashing armband, a medal, and refreshments at the finish line. You will also get access to the Run in the Dark app to time your 5k or 10k and place on the global leaderboard.

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

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
  • armband
  • finisher’s medal

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?

Register by 16th September for Run in the Dark in Dublin, Cork, Belfast or London and you’ll receive a FREE tech top.

Can I get a tech top if I register for a pop-up run?

No, unfortunately it’s not possible to get a tech top for a pop-up run. This is because we don’t have global distributors who can guarantee your top will be delivered safely and on time.

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.

Tech Top Size Chart 2022



Can I volunteer?

Absolutely! We need various types of volunteers in all of our locations; at registration, bag drop, and on the run route. 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.

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