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Night Races

Our popular off-road Night Race Series is back for 2016/17. All races in the series are mid-week on Thursdays starting at 7:15pm.

Entry Fees 2016/17

 Pre-entry  £9 affiliated runners
 £11 unaffiliated runners
 Entry on the Night
 £11 affiliated runners
 £13 unaffiliated runners

This season we have 3 off-road races, two in the Forest of Dean and one in Chepstow, and a fully tarmac event over the Severn Bridge and back.

Night running off-road is an exciting experience and one not to be missed. These Night Race events will:

  • be roughly 5 or 6 miles long
  • be fully marked with over 350 specially made reflective signs and flashing arrows.
  • have toilets and catering facilities
  • have a running ‘sweeper’
  • have First Aid Cover
  • be fully Permitted and insured through the ARC.

At each event snacks and drinks will be included and in most cases further meals will be available to purchase.

Results will be processed and printed copies available to view on the evening, and there will be a prize presentation within 20 minutes of the last runner finishing.

There will be trophies for 1st Man and Lady and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Man and Lady and also in the age categories: V40, V50, V60+ (only one prize per person).


For these events, a headtorch is clearly an essential item. Modern LED lights will provide all the light you'll need to run fast over difficult terrain. Getting a powerful light is the best way to boost your confidence and performance.

We strongly advise you to wear 'fell shoes' on these events (but not the Severn Bridge 5). Innov8's, Walshes or similar shoes with an aggressive tread and shallow mid-sole. You wear road shoes at your peril ! Road shoes, whilst not only having minimum grip, are often wider and place your feet higher off the ground. Accident and Emergency here we come!                                                                          

It's a very good idea to bring a hat, gloves and a windproof to these races. At night and in these months it can be below freezing. If you suffer back-up light failure, it’s a cold wait, and a slow jog back with the ‘Sweepers’. 

Read an independent report on our 2013/14 Night Race Series by Keith Fairburn on the Muddy Race website (www.muddyrace.co.uk) here

Photo by Charles Whitton

Photo by www.photofit.net


Race 3                                                         
Thursday February 23rd 2017 7:15pm
Beechenhurst Lodge, Forest Of Dean, GL16 7EG

Individual Results.
Team Results
Category Winners

Tosh's Photos here

Map of route (approximate) here
Final details as emailed to all pre-entrants here

How to get there:

Beechenhurst Lodge

After so many positive comments last year the route will remain the same for 2017 - a single lap which takes in some great single track and has variety throughout. There will be the usual fully taped dense forest sections, muddy paths and wider leafy bridle-ways. The chair is gone alas, but we visit other forest sculptures. One small 'shoe wash' water feature. 

The course will be marked to death with over 500 reflective arrows, markers and tape. No one will get lost! We will have sweeps and marshals at key junctions. The race HQ will be in our heated marquee in the car park, where post race hot drinks are available (included in the entry fee).

Severn Bridge 5. Chepstow                                       
Wednesday December 7th 2016 7:15 pm

Category Winners
Team Results

Tosh's Photos are
Race 1
Thursday November 17th 2016 7:15 pm

Mallards Pike Lake, Nr Moseley Green,  Forest of Dean, GL14 4HN


Tosh's Photos are here

Race 2
Thursday January 19th 2017 7:15 pm
Chepstow Race Course, Chepstow, NP16 6BE

Provisional Results here

Team Results here

Category Winners here

Tosh's Photos are here

(The chair has unfortunately now been removed)

  This is what people have said about our night races:

“That’s the best race I have ever done. “

"Fantastic event and thank you to the organisers and marshals for this very well managed night race".

“Again thanks for last evenings race – a great initiative.A long trip for me – but still well worth it. Please pass our thanks to your marshals – it must have been a lonely job! Looking forward to the next race”.

“Great event last night, it was a surprisingly uplifting & exhilarating experience that I did not expect to enjoy so much after a day at the grindstone. I don't see how you could do more in terms of marking the course”

“Cheers folks. We really enjoyed it!”

“Thanks for a great race and experience, all of us at really enjoyed it and glad we came over, tough terrain but a memorable Race, First Night run I’ve done, but will defo do one again. Thanks for your hospitality … good turnout and atmosphere. Please pass on our thanks to all the Marshals out in the muddy Woods, and those who mapped the course out - very well done, not an easy race to organise - impressed by the overall organisation of the event”.

“Great race, proper trails, lots of fun“.

“On behalf of those in our club, just like to say thanks for this very well organised unique event, we all really enjoyed it.”

“We had a great night in The Forest of Dean “

“Fantastic. Thanks”.

“Brilliant! Thanks – we really enjoyed the run and will definitely be keen to do more”.

“Great course, very well organised and nice chips!!”

“Congratulations on an awesome race last night, really well organised and thoroughly enjoyed by all - many thanks personally and on behalf of those in our club”.

Some video action from the Beechenhurst event.

Photos from previous years:

NDAC 23014 Photos here
Beechenhurst 2014 Photos of runners by photofit.net
Rising Sun Inn 2014 Photos are here

March Photos (thanks to Gareth Cowmeadow) here
December Photos at the tunnel (thanks to Gill Stott) here
December Photos at 'The Chair' (thanks to Gerry Ashton) here
January Photographs (thanks to Gill Stott) - here
February Photos by Charles Whitton Photography here
Febraury Photos
(thanks to Gill Stott) here
February Quadcopter footage at start here