Have you ever wanted to see a marathon in a completely different light – quite literally? Well, the perfect opportunity to do so is just around the corner.
The Illuminator Night Trail Race on Saturday, October 28th is a half-marathon with a delightful twist. You can run or walk the 15-mile route at Glen Tanar’s ancient Scots pine forest in darkness, with only the glow of a head torch to guide you to the finishing line!
Not only do you get to walk, jog or run around a stunningly beautiful location, you can also raise money for a good cause at the same time. Braemer Mountain Rescue Association is the event organisers’ nominated charity partner, and pledge places are available. The rescue team will also be in attendance on the night to ensure everyone who takes part is completely safe, with the assistance of event staff and first aid teams.
A Casual Stroll
As far as completing the course is concerned, don’t worry, there is no pressure to be all Usain Bolt about it. The average finishing time for those who decide to run is two-and-a-half hour, while people who prefer to treat it as a pleasant stroll through a breath-taking backdrop tend to take roughly six hours to reach the end.
The total ascent over the course is 600m. It will be clearly marked, and there are a few treats to look forward to – not least the hot beverages station and awesome light effects at the halfway point. Precious caffeine and a colourful display to light up the night sky – if that sweet little combination doesn’t give you a shot of adrenaline and inspire you to keep going, nothing will!
As if that wasn’t enough, when you reach the finishing post you will be greeted by more hot tea and coffee, at which point you can raise a toast to successfully navigating your way through 15 miles of trails and tracks in the pitch black of the forest.
6.30pm Start from Aboyne
The action sets off from Aboyne at 6.30pm, when you can expect to hear some mightily motivational music to bring out that competitive edge. There is electronic chip timing for all runners (and walkers), and everyone receives a medal at the end of the event. There is also a chance to win some first-class outdoor gear as a prize!