Dark Horse

Lansdown​, Bath, Somerset

Organiser's Description

The Dark Horse is a fun, spooky night run around the top of the Cotswold Hills. A largely flat run (honestly!), taking in a ghostly sculpture garden and offering amazing long reaching views over the Bristol Skyline. 5km & 10km options. No muddy woodland hills on the Dark Horse route, though being February there will doubtless be a bit around.

This is a beginner friendly event, and 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.

Start Time



  • 5 km min age 12
    £18 CLOSED
  • 5 km Adult Accompanied min age 10
    £18 CLOSED
  • 10 km min age 14
    £23 CLOSED

Prizes for:

  • Top 3 male and top 3 female
  • First U20 male and female
  • First 20-39 male and female
  • First 40-49 male and female
  • First 50-50 male and female
  • First 60-69 male and female
  • First 70+ male and female

All finishers will take home a custom medal

Post race buffet of fresh fruit and tasty treats

Toilets and changing tents

Ranger Wood, Lansdown, Bath, Somerset BA1 9BZ

There will be a shuttle bus running from Lansdown Park & Ride (Bath, BA1 PBJ) which will cost £2.00 for a return journey per adult, £1.00 per child (U16). Dogs are welcome too but must stay off the seats. The bus will drop you off at the edge of the Cotswold Way and it is a short walk to the event village and the start of the Dark Horse! The bus will run from 16:30 - 22:00 (TBC)

There is ZERO parking on site.

In order to keep everyone running we will be starting the event off in waves of 100 runners at a time at 10min intervals. This enables everyone to naturally spread out and enjoy the course.



- 10km Wave 1 - 18:30 (Event Wave 1)

- 5km Wave 1 - 18:40 (Event Wave 2)

- 10km Wave 2 - 18:50 (Event Wave 3)

- 5km Wave 2 - 19:00 (Event Wave 4)

- 10km Wave 3 - 19:10 (Event Wave 5)

- 5km Wave 3 - 19:20 (Event Wave 6)

- 10km Wave 4 - 19:30 (Event Wave 7)

- 10km Wave 5 - 19:40 (Event Wave 8)

All waves are open to runners of all abilities so the choice is yours. Confer with friends and family before you register to ensure you select the same wave if you wish to start together. The different start times are fully accounted for in the results so you can pick any wave and be sure of an accurate finish time.

Final Event Information will be published 1 week before the race.

Start Lists will be published Weds of race week.

10km - min age 14yrs

5km - min age 12yrs

5km Adult Accompanied - min age 10yrs. There is no charge for Accompanying Adults.

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 is no on the day prize giving because of the multi wave, multi start time format of the events. Prize winners will be contacted mid week via email.

The final number of prizes awarded is determined by the number of finishers for each gender in a given race distance. If there are more than 50 finishers then the full range range of awards are made as shown above. If there are less than 50 finishers then the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers overall 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.

Dark Horse Race Route
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  • 5 km min age 12
    £18 CLOSED
  • 5 km Adult Accompanied min age 10
    £18 CLOSED
  • 10 km min age 14
    £23 CLOSED

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Fantastic fun

Amazing location, great bonfire, quick bus service and great snacks. Love the medal too. Thanks for such a good Saturday night.

cat powell / Feb 18, 2020

Great fun

Lovely route, unique medal, everyone was lovely, welcoming and supportive - thank you! :)

Claire Dunn / Feb 11, 2020

The run and Marshall’s were good BUT...

So it went like this.

Staff lost my number.

Had to resubmit my entry as they’d lost my number

Good run, nice marshals

Got given a poorly made piece of plywood with a horse drawn on it pretending to be a medal. Yes it’sfor the environment but was really disappointing and is likely to fade. Others might be ok with it but I could do the run on my own at night without paying as much and be less disappointed at the end

Wyn Lloyd / Feb 09, 2020

Hi Wyn

Quite often runners pick up the wrong number, but I am sure the team quickly reassigned you with another number with the minimum of fuss. Seems like you are really marking us down for making an environmentally friendly medal. The design won't fade as it laser engraved, not printed on the top, it is well made with smooth edges, good size at 10cm x 6cm, and it had a lot more detail than you would find on most wooden medals - how exactly is it poorly made? The medal had a printed ribbon, forgive me, but how is this not a medal? The material cost for a wooden and metal medal is the same.

So the buses ran on time, the bonfire was lovely and warm, the races started on time, the route was well marked and marshalled, you were supported by a medical team of an ambulance, paramedic, ECA, and first responder, your finish time was posted that night even though we were packing up the site in preparation for the incoming storm, the hog roast and beer if you opted for it went down a treat. There was a buffet of oranges, bananas, jaffa cakes, choc bars, GF and vegan bars, water for you to help yourself to at the finish.

1/5 does not seem justified.

Relish Running races

Hard work but very rewarding!!

Very uneven terrain but excellent fun! Really cool bespoke medal at the end and interesting route would do again!

Ella Ashdown / Feb 09, 2020

Night race

Dont need to get there quite as early ... particularly if very cold night

Sam HUNT / Feb 09, 2020

Great People, Great Fun

Thanks for a fun run in the dark. Some amazing people to run with. Thank you so much to the Marshalls and staff that kept us on the path and motivated us to finish. The campfire was amazing and the organisation on the day was brilliant. Wonderful.

Cathy Gilmore / Feb 09, 2020

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