With the clocks going back next weekend November will see dark nights and runners will be making appropriate plans. It's not all doom and gloom though as those atmospheric Scottish nights have a magic all of their own. One event that taps into the magic is Run in the Dark.
A global running movement, there are Run in the Dark events scheduled for 2018 across Europe (inc Paris, Madrid and Frankfurt), in North and South America (inc Chicago and Rio) and in the Asia/Pacific region (inc Hong Kong and Melbourne).
Edinburgh is also hosting an event when the charitable run returns on 14 November. Participants will enjoy a 5k route through Holyrood Park and parts of the Old Town in a unique night running experience, led by local run tours guide and personal trainer Nicole Wright.
Run in the Dark is the main fundraiser of the Mark Pollock Trust, which is named after blind Irish adventure athlete Mark Pollock. Mark Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 when he fell from a second-storey window, which left him paralysed. Prior to the accident, Mark had competed in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps and was the first blind person to race to the South Pole. The Mark Pollock Trust supports research that aims to find a cure for paralysis, helping people to walk again.
Nicole Wright told runABC Scotland: "We are really excited to bring Run in the Dark to Edinburgh again this year. It's such a unique experience; one that everyone can get involved in and the atmosphere is unlike any other run we are part of because of the important cause powering the event.
"Every run entry, every donation, every step moves us towards a cure for paralysis and enabling people to walk again. Last year's run was a real highlight in the Edinburgh running calendar and we want to get even more people taking part in it this year"
More details at the event website.
image courtesy Run In The Dark