Night Run FAQs

Participants in Night run past by the finish line at Osterley Park and House, London

Here's all the essential information you need to know to take part in a Night Run.

How do I book?

Online entry for each event will be open until approximately 24 hours before each event. Entries on the day will be accepted (cash only) unless the event has reached its participant capacity.

Hundreds of people come yearly to take part in Nostell Night Run near Wakefield.

Book your Night Run 

Night Runs are taking place at a number of different locations from October 2019 until February 2020. From the illuminated archways of Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire to acres of parkland at the Blickling Estate in Norfolk, our Night Runs will take you to unforgettable locations that you'd never normally see under the cover of darkness.

Do I need a torch?

Yes, every participant will need a torch to get round the course. A reasonable quality head torch would be ideal and please ensure you have spare batteries too. You will not be allowed to take part without a torch and will have to show this before you get your run number.

What distance are the events?

We have two different event distance options:

Short (Explorer) These routes will be 1-4km in length and ideally suited to families, walkers and those new to running. It will be a great first step into exploring at night and should take between 10 and 30 minutes to get round.

Long (Adventurer) These routes will be 5-9km in length and ideally suited to people who want to challenge themselves. The challenge could be running at a good pace or completing your first ever run with a head torch. You'll need a reasonable level of fitness but will still suit walkers, joggers and runners of all abilities. It will take between 30 minutes and an hour-and-a-half to get round depending on ability. Due to the nature of the courses you'll never be too far from the event HQ.

What is the terrain for Night Runs?

Typically our Night Runs are off-road on a mix of multi-terrain paths, bridleways or grassland. The route is marked with reflective arrows, with marshals at critical points to ensure everyone follows the route safely. 

Can children enter?

Yes, all children are welcome on the short Explorer course but must be accompanied around the course by an adult. To take part in the long Adventurer course children must be over the age of 12 and, if under the age of 16, must be accompanied by an adult around the course.

Can I run with my dog?

We welcome dogs on leads where possible but this is down to the discretion of each property, so please check out the Essential Event Information on your e-ticket or get in touch with the property directly for specific info about your chosen event.

Is the event timed?

Our running events are about creating amazing experiences. We would like everyone to enjoy the informal, friendly atmosphere of this event and as such there will be no timing or results available. Please feel free to bring your own timing device.

How much will it cost?

Adventurer Night Run route (5-9 km): 

  • Individual - £14 
  • Group (4 or more) - £13*

Explorer Night Run route (1-4 km): 

  • Individual - £7
  • Group (4 or more) - £6*

* To qualify for the group discount, participants must enter the same route.  It cannot be a mixture of both

Where does my entry fee go?

Night Running events help us to support our essential conservation work. Your entry fee will go to the location where you run so you can be sure the money is being spent on conserving our special places.

What are the safety rules?

If you've suffered a recent illness or have a medical condition consult your doctor before taking part. If in any doubt, don't participate. Safety is our priority and all runners should take precautions on the expected uneven terrain. A medical team will be in attendance throughout the event. You may still be able to volunteer and support the event as a marshal. Please contact the property directly to find out how you can get involved in this way.

What are the Terms and Conditions for the Cotswold Outdoor discount codes?

There are two different ways NightRun participants can claim a 15 per cent discount at Cotswold Outdoor. The details of these are as follows:

1. All National Trust supporters receive 15 per cent discount at Cotswold Outdoor in store and online.

Full T&Cs apply: This is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Selected lines are exempt. This offer is redeemable on production of your National Trust membership card in-store, or both members and our other supporters can email to receive a discount code to use online or in-store.

Offer expires 31/12/19

2. A special Night Run discount code will be given to participants on the night of the events giving them 15 per cent discount at Cotswold Outdoor in store and online.

Full T&Cs apply to the discount given to runners on the night of the event they are participating in. It is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount and selected lines are exempt. Only valid on production of your race number in-store or use of valid discount code online.

Offer expires 30/04/19

How can I give feedback after the event?

A survey is available to complete online. We’d be delighted to hear from you after you have taken part in a Night Run event. The National Trust works in partnership with Sport England to help us to create more active experiences on National Trust land. We need your feedback to help us put on events and activities you want to come to. The survey link will be available here soon.