Registrations now open!
The Dark Horse is a fun, spooky night run around the top of the Cotswold Hills. A largely flat run (honestly is!), the route takes in a ghostly sculpture garden and offers amazing long reaching views over the Bristol Skyline. There is a 5km and 10km route option. You may notice the venue is the same as the Pipley Wood Mud Bath, but the route is completely different - no muddy woodland hills on the Dark Horse route. The Dark Horse is much flatter, not focused on the mud, though being Feb there will doubtless be a bit around the course.
This is very beginner friendly event, and as always all abilities are welcome. We will mark out the course with glow in the dark arrows, reflective paint sprayed on the ground and glow sticks to illuminate the way. All runners will need to provide their own torch (head or chest) to follow the markers. No head or chest torch - no run.
Warm yourself after the race with our post event bonfire and treat yourself to a pintof Bath ale's finest and a delicious hog roast for just £5! There are veggie, gluten free and soft drink options, please indicate on your entry form if you would like one of these options. Spectators can also order a hog roast in advance at £8 per head with beer, £6 per head with soft drink, please add to your entry form when you register.
We have toilets and changing tents at the venue. We would recommend bring a change of clothes for after the race, or extra clothes to put on top of your running kit.
The venue is the same as the Pipley Wood Mud Bath, but the route is completely different. The Mud Bath is slippery, narrow, steeper trails through woodland with lots and lots of mud. The Dark Horse is on open trails with far reaching views, a bit of mud can be expected given the time of year, but it won't be excessively so. The Dark Horse route is largely flat, with one little rise per 5km lap.
There are no hidden booking or processing fees. The 5km and 10km prices are £2 extra on the day. There are great group discount rates for groups of 10 or more, the runners can cover any distance on race day. 10-19 runners, save 15%. 20-49 runners, save 20%. 50+ runners, save 25%. All bookings must be made in advance of race day to qualify for the discount rate. We ask for all groups to be booked in with at least 4 weeks notice so we can finalise our medal order with all groups in mind.
All finishers will take home a custom medal specific to the event and this year. Designs to be revealed soon. And as always, runners will get to enjoy our post race buffet of fresh fruit and tasty treats at the finish line.
All our runners receive a top of the range custom medal, as well as a buffet of fresh fruit and other tasty treats. We also recognise a few of the speedy runners on the following basis.
The final number of prizes awarded is determined by the total number of finishers (male and female combined) in a given race distance. If there are more than 100 finishers then the full range of awards are made as shown above. It there are between 50 and 100 finishers then the top 3 male and top 3 female runners will receive a prize. If there are less than 50 finishers then the first male and first female finisher will be awarded a prize. We do not have any winner's prizes for any of the children's events as we would like to keep this participation focused.