The second instalment of the Silva 10K Trail Series night runs took place at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, on Saturday (1 March) with 130 runners illuminating the start point with head torches. The night setting meant competitors were required to follow the reflective arrows across the circular course.
The 10km route took in the delights of Devil's Dumble - a long steady climb to the top of Coppice Hill, before heading back down to the flatter riverside Sherbrook Valley track. The return route took in a section of the Heart of England Way before returning to Milford Common and the finish line.
Running in the dark definitely added spice to the proceedings, with participants having to focus not only on the terrain underfoot, but also the environment around them, while looking out for the next reflective arrow and aiming their beam of head light into the night sky to see the next twist and turn or the long awaited hill summit.
The men’s race had a clear winner, with Bruce Duncan, of Team Haglöfs Silva coming home in a time of 40:36, almost a minute ahead of second placed Craig Rowley, with Matthew Andrews in third position. Laura Palmer led the female field home in a time of 51:49. Feedback from the field was overwhelmingly positive, with one runner commenting on the excitement of the route: “The best thing is that you can't see the top of the hills, so you just keep going.”
The next race in the Silva 10K series takes place at Coniston, Cumbria, on 5 April. For more information and to enter, visit the event website.