As detailed on the training pages the fell contingent continues to run on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the dark nights of autumn and winter. But, there’s some of us who are either new to running in the dark, want to build our confidence or just have a really easy and short run on an evening. Depth perception, foot placing and just getting used to running with a head/hand torch can be daunting, so a small group of us ventured out into the dark last night for an easy run (we did about 8km in 1hr15). No-one was left on their own, we chatted lots and had a good social run. There was seven of us in total, so a good turn out, and we didn’t detract from the regular fell group – I think there was six or seven of them out too.
Our route took us from Glossop Leisure Centre, through Manor Park, to the turning circle in Old Glossop, up the track towards Mossy Lea then a short uphill diversion to the top of Lightside. After a brief pause to admire the twinkling lights of Glossop and beyond, the stars and moon, we dropped back off Lightside, turned left to Mossy Lea farm, and on to join the Snake Pass back down into Glossop. Here’s a photo from the high point of the run:
It was a great experience to be out at night, enjoying the hills as we do in the daytime but gaining confidence and socialising at the same time. It’s all too easy to get in from work and not have the motivation to get out again. We’re planning to do similar runs on a regular basis so if you’re new to night running or want to build your confidence keep an eye on the News section of the website.