Back to Black Bristol

Leigh Court, Leigh Woods, Bristol

Organiser's Description

Night racing on trails returns to Bristol for the fifth year with our new event in the night running calendar - Back to Black.

A choice of 10k or 5k races, both will start at Leigh Court on the edge of Leigh Woods, a popular spot for running in Bristol. You’ll be starting just as it gets dark so a head torch is essential. The running surface is generally fairly smooth so ideal for beginners and fast runners alike. And we’ve booked the Anchor Ham Green pub for the Prize Presentation after the race. There are also kids' races for ages 3-11, an hour before the main races.


Leigh Court, Leigh Woods, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, Somerset BS8 3QB

By car: Leigh Court is located on the outskirts of Bristol, just outside the village of Abbots Leigh. It is just 15-minutes to Bristol city centre, with easy access to the M4 and M5.

By bus: You can get to Leigh Court by Bus. These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby - Bus: X3, X4.

By train: Bristol Temple Meads is the main station in Bristol, with trains running directly to most parts of the UK, including Wales and Scotland.

There is ample free parking at Leigh Court.

Electronic chip timing

Fully marked out course using poles, arrows & flashing lights

Feed station

Birch wood finisher’s medal

Bottled water for all finishers

Free number transfer if you are unable to run

Prizes (see FAQ)

Spot prizes via our free to join Strava club.

10k & 5k races:

Registration: 4:30 pm
Start time: 7:00 pm
Cut Off Time: 8:40 pm

2k race:

Registration: 4:30 pm
Start time: 6:00 pm
Cut Off Time:-7:00 pm

1k race:

Registration: 4:30 pm
Start time: 6:00 pm
Cut Off Time:-7:30 pm

We now have an optional team competition. If you don’t have a team use your club name which will also qualify for the team competition. The team’s time is the time of the first three team members to cross the line added together. Your best 4 results from 7 races count for Series Points. However if you only manage a couple of races you’ll still appear in the results.

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My first 5K! What a Challenge! :)

It was an exciting trail and looked really cool with all the head torches winding up and down the tracks through the trees. It was my first ever race so if I wasn’t concentrating so hard on getting one foot in front of the other and breathing I would have probably taken in the scenery a bit more! I think the crowd talking over the briefing at the start meant my friends and I didn’t hear where to head first so ended up doing an extra loop on top of the 5K.
Some complaints about lack of organisation on social media but have to say thanks to the marshals who braved the cold and darkness and encouraged us along the trail. The hills weren’t too steep on the 5K so it was a manageable track for me (a complete beginner). There were a few parts where the track was very muddy but my friend was there to pull me out of the mud. It was handy running in a group to give a heads up if there were big puddles or tree trunks ahead as it was dark even with a head torch.

Regardless of whether it was more than 5K that we ended up doing it was a great challenge, an interesting trail and for me personally, a real achievement. The challenge hasn’t put me off running, if anything I’m now keen to start running properly and do another race with my friends. Would definitely do this one again but perhaps also a day time race next to try something new. Cheers for the snacks and cool medal!

Hayley Hopkins / Feb 23, 2020

A poorly organised event

I don't normally write reviews. But this was organised so chaotically I had to say something. Actually getting to the parking was difficult. I read the instructions and I'm local to the area, but the lack of any signposts, or people naturally made me doubt the way I was going. When I did get there, none of the cars behind me wanted to drive through a crowd of people and event equipment (the crowd did eventually part but how nobody got knocked down I don't know). This was a sign (pun intended) of things to come. The first 1km was marked well. The rest left many people in confusion, and more than 5 times i saw people lost, confused and a little angry. There were minimal marshals. Which would have been fine, except there were really small number of glowsticks or arrows. And Leigh woods is a maze in the day time. I wouldn't do it again here. Dissapointed overall and seems like a distinct lack of care went in to organising the track itself.

sam gay / Feb 23, 2020

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