WHEN, WHERE AND HOW MUCH?


IS IT FOR CHARITY?


TIMES / RESULTS / RUN, JOG OR WALK?


COURSE INFORMATION / BAG DROP / WATER


TRAINING / GEAR


CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION / RUN NUMBERS / RUN PACKS


TEAMS


WHAT DOES MY ENTRY FEE INCLUDE/COVER?


VOLUNTEERING




WHEN, WHERE AND HOW MUCH?

When is the Run in the Dark?
The Run in the Dark is held in Dublin on Tuesday 14th November 2017 and in all other locations on Wednesday 15th November 2017. Start time is 8:00 pm in most locations. The 5 official locations for 2017 are Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Manchester and London.

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Did the date change?
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Dublin run has moved from Wednesday 15th November to Tuesday 14th November. Any participant who signed up before 18th July may get a refund on their run entry by 31st October if they are unable to take part on Tuesday 14th November. Email [email protected] and we will process the refund.

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How much does it cost to enter?
Entry fee for the official locations of Run in the Dark is €30 plus €1.50 admin fee or £22 (£25.95 in Manchester & London includes postage and packing) plus £1.50. Early Bird entrants get a free long sleeve running top and this is open until the end of August. If you are a member of a prepaid team you must have completed your personal details by 31st August to avail of the top.

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Who can enter?
At our official locations - participants of 14 and over can take part. Prams and pets are not allowed for health & safety reasons.


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I can't see my location on the website?
Our 5 official locations are Dublin, Cork , Belfast, London and Manchester. Manchester will open for registrations shortly. Our smaller pop-up events, which are organised by our network of volunteer pop-up champions around the world, will open by the end of August.

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 feel free to contact us to become a pop up champion.

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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/ big event set up of an official event. So pop up entry fee varies by location:
Euro zone €25
UK: £21.50
AUD: $38
NZD: $40
HKD:$218
SFR: CHF 27
CAD: $38
USD: $30
KYD: $23


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How do I organise a Pop Up event?
Download our pdf here . Send us an email to [email protected] and we will get you started! Just check the map to see there isn’t one already in your town or city.

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FUNDRAISING

Can I raise money for charity?
Your entry fee will go directly to The Mark Pollock Trust. You can also choose to fundraise for The Mark Pollock Trust, and help us with our mission of fast-tracking a cure for paralysis, or you can fundraise for any charity of your choice.

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Do I have to raise money for charity?
No. You can just pay your entry fee and take part.

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TIMES / RESULTS / RUN, JOG OR WALK?

Will I get an official time?
Yes. All participants at official* events 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 your chip time is the finishing time you will be texted and is the result you will see on our websites.

Placings in the results will be based on chip time.

Chip time is from when you cross the start line mat to crossing the finish line mat, i.e. how long it took you from start to finish.

Gun time is from the event start time i.e. 8pm - this is when our clock timer at the finish line will start so the time you see on the clock as you finish will be different to your recorded chip time.

*PopUp events are small casual events organised by local volunteers and as such will not be chip timed - just a run with a group of friends to show your support in your part of the world.

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Results
Results for each location will be posted after the event in the results section. As soon as possible after the event you will receive a text with your chip time assuming you have entered your mobile number correctly during the registration process.

You will receive your email pdf cert the day after the event.

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Run, Jog or Walk?
During the registration process you will be asked to give an estimate of your running time. 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. The Run In The Dark events are fun run events to raise awareness and funds for a good cause and 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.

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COURSE INFORMATION / BAG DROP / WATER

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.

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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, run pack collection and parking.

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Will there be a bag drop area?
The Run in the Dark will provide a bag drop area in certain locations for all athletes. Please check the location specific event page. Directions on how to find the Bag Drop in your location will be included in your run pack and online. Your baggage label is the perforated part of your run number.

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.

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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.

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TRAINING

Do you have a training plan?
Of course. You can download our 8 week beginner training plan for both 5k and 10k on the Training page here

You can also get tips for any training queries from our expert training coach John O’Regan. John answers questions for all abilities.

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CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION / RUN NUMBERS / RUN PACKS

When should I register?
The sooner the better as we expect the official locations to sell out fast as they did last year. Other venues have limited space so register today!
Did you know? If you register by 31st August, you get a free long sleeve running top.

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Can I register on the day at the event?
Unlikely as the events sell out.

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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.

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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 registration page when registering.

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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.

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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, we can refund your entry and the other person can register under their name. Or better still: tell your friend to sign up separately as it’s for a good cause!

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I can't run. Can I get a refund?
Yes. If you contact us before 31st October you can get your entry fee refunded; unfortunately the transaction fee is non-refundable. Or you could just donate your entry fee as it’s for a good cause! No refunds can be issued after 31st October as the packs will have been processed.

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 also send you The Mark Pollock Trust newsletters giving you updates on how you are helping the progress of The Trust, as well as useful information to get you in to the zone for your event!

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When do I receive my run pack?
If you have chosen to have your run pack sent out to you, all run packs for each location will be sent out in the weeks prior to the event. So please ensure when registering that the postal address you provide will be an address that will still work for you in November. If you're registering as a 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.

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When do I receive my early bird top?
If you entered as an individual or claimed a team place by 31st August you probably know you are getting a snazzy free top! This top will be in your run pack. You will receive the top and run pack based on which of the following you opted for: postage, pick up (Dublin, Cork and Belfast only) or if you are part of a team, all tops will be sent to your team leader. Unfortunately we don't have any spare tops for team members or friends who didn't get in by the deadline.

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What happens if I don’t receive my run pack by the 13th November?
If you haven’t received your run pack by Monday 13th November please email us, or call 02036426755 (Belfast, London & Manchester) and we will have your run pack set for collection on the night of the run instead.

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Pack Collection Information- No SMS received
If you are a Dublin, Cork or Belfast 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, run numbers will be posted on the website in advance. Alternatively bring your confirmation email with you to the pack pick up location and our information desk will assist you.

Manchester 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.

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TEAMS

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 'Register yourself' section and either create or join a team.
2) 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 asociated with option 2.

If a team captain creates a team by 31st August only those who claim their place on the team by 31st August will be eligible for the early bird long sleeve running top.

All places in prepaid teams must be claimed by 31st October. This is to facilitate building the team packs. Following 31st October spots are no longer held and go on general sale.

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How do I join an existing team?
Simply join the team at time of entry. If the team is private you will need the password from the team owner.

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What are the advantages of a team?
Camaraderie, fun and discounts! See more here.

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WHAT DOES MY ENTRY FEE INCLUDE/COVER?

What do I get for taking part?
Everyone gets a cool flashing armband, a well-stocked goody bag (when you finish!), chip timing with a text to confirm your result and a pdf cert of your finishing time. As well as a great atmosphere and being a vital part of a global movement sweeping round the world on one night to raise awareness of spinal cord injury and the Trust’s mission to fast track a cure for paralysis.

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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 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 Trust’s mission to fast-track a cure for paralysis by collaborating with and reaching out to the world’s top scientists, technologists and philanthropists.

Thank you for being part of the Run in the Dark and generating awareness of the Trust's mission and the issue of spinal cord injury worldwide.

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
  • 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 and goody bags


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 [email protected]

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VOLUNTEERING

Can I volunteer to marshal?
Absolutely! If you miss out on a place or just want to help out on the day and marshal that would be great. You would be there to support and encourage all the Run in the Dark participants! Click here to express your interest. We would be delighted to welcome you to join our team!

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