Glow In The Park

Last night I took part in a night time race – Glow In The Park – at Southampton Common.

Glow in the park Southampton 2014

Glow in the park Southampton 2014

More of a fun race than a serious competitive session; the race started at 19:30. As we walked into the common, we could hear the music playing and see a bright glow coming from the field.

Registration was pretty straight forward and, for once, there were no queues for the toilet! There was a little bit of hanging about due to a super-informative briefing before we all started. The place started to fill up quite quickly and the rain started to make an appearance.

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Medals, awaiting collection at the end

There was an option of running a 5k or 10k but we all headed to the start line together. As soon as the countdown hit 1, off we went. It was fairly busy at the beginning, weaving in-between people but it didn’t take long until we found a bit of space.

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Glow in the park course map Southampton 2014

The course takes you around most of Southampton Common, along the footpaths. Most of the course has some street lighting but a few spots are dark.

It was a fantastic sight seeing the wave of headlights bouncing up and down in front and behind us as we navigated the course.

As a 10k participant, we had two laps of the course.  It didn’t take long until we were crossing the finish line and joining the rest of the finishers in a medal selfie.

Glow In The Dark Results 2014

Glow In The Dark Results 2014

Glow In The Dark Medal 2014

Glow In The Dark Medal 2014

Overall, that was a really fun race. The added darkness made it more exciting and the relaxed atmosphere was a nice change to the super competitive races. A lovely race for beginners and pros alike.

Find out more about Glow in the Park races on their website or check out their Facebook page

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