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

Cloak yourself in the incredible atmosphere of the London Run in the Dark this 16th of November evening, at 8:00 pm. A great run route through Battersea Park under the London night sky is only described by past runners second to the feeling created by the thousands of people taking part. People who together have defied the drawing in of the night, the lure of the closed curtains and the telly; people who have taken their evening back.

You’ll also be joining tens of thousands of runners right around the world funding Mark Pollock Trust’s work to create a spinal cord injury cure.

Run 10k, or run or walk 5k and be part of finding a cure for paralysis in this night run.. Through our social media channels you can follow the Run in the Dark international locations as well as following the fun in Battersea Park, Run in the Dark London. 


instructions for the night of the RUN 


We will have a bag drop facility at the marquee near the Start Area. (Battersea Park regulars will know this as “the Boules area”). If you deposit any baggage in this area it is entirely at your own risk. Do not leave any valuables in this area. No bags will be accepted after 7.45pm. Please put your detachable baggage label (from the bottom of your run number) on your bag before leaving it in. The Bag Drop facility is only for the storage of bags. This is not a changing facility. An Information Desk will be located at the Bag Drop 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.

The Run in the Dark start line is located at the Boules Area of the park.


There will be Toilets and First Aid close to the Start Area.


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.

changing distance

The most common question we get is can you change distance. The answer is yes. Regardless if you change from 10k to 5k or 5k to 10k it doesn’t matter what you entered or what your run number says. 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.

For all further questions please see our FAQs section.


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