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

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.

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