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.


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.


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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