Saturday 29 October is the date for the UK’s first dedicated night running event which takes place in Northampton as part of this year’s Igniting Ambition Festival in the lead up to London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The family-friendly Night Run Northampton is suitable for all ages and abilities, as participants will be encouraged to run or walk a 3km town centre circuit that takes in Northampton’s key cultural landmarks at night. The route will be animated with a spooky mix of digital lighting installations, giant LED screen, exhibitions, Market Square illuminations as well as live music, street theatre and performance.
There is no registration fee to enter the fun run which sets off from Abington Street at 6.30pm, but participants are being encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible with proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation to celebrate Northampton becoming one of 50 places in the UK to be designated a Heart Town as part of the charity’s 50th anniversary this year.
Councillor David Mackintosh, Northampton Borough Council cabinet advisor, said: "Night Run Northampton promises to be a fun night out for friends, families and work colleagues. Participants will benefit from a bit of exercise whist taking in some of the town’s fantastic heritage, being entertained and raising money for a great cause all at the same time. This is the very first night run in the UK, which makes it even more exciting.
"And if running isn’t for you, then come along on the night anyway to watch the entertainment and cheer on family and friends; it will be a great evening out.”
Online registration is open from now until 26 October by visiting www.marketsquareevents.com