The Run in the Dark Training Plans were created by Official Run In The Dark Coach John O’Regan. 

John O’Regan is our expert Run in the Dark coach. He was the man I turned to for advice prior to the Gobi March 2003 and then my team-mate for The North Pole Marathon 2004, the Dead Sea Ultra 2007 and the Everest Marathon 2007. He was always faster when I wasn’t slowing him down and was 2nd in the Ice Marathon in Antarctica, won the Machu Picchu Peru and is a Spartathlon finisher in Greece. He also runs for 24 hours straight at world champs. In short he is the real deal!
— Mark Pollock

John started running in April 2001 and since then has competed in some of the most extreme Marathons and Ultra Marathons in the world taking in the 7 Continents. He now runs competitively and has represented Ireland in Trail, 100K and 24-hr Races. He’s also a running coach and competes in shorter races including 5&10ks, with a 5k Personal Best of 17:20 and a 10k Personal Best of 35:09.

John has created 8 week Training Plans for both 5K and 10K which can be downloaded below. 


2017 - 8 week training plans

2017 - 5 week training plans

If you’re looking for a target for your training, why not join Run in the Dark this November? You can test yourself against the clock and help in the Mark Pollock Trust’s mission to fast-track a cure for paralysis.

If it doesn’t challenge you then it won’t change you
— John O’Regan