National Trust Night Run returns to Souter Lighthouse with 3k and 7k events

Runners of all abilities have the chance to help light up the night sky as an after-dark adventure returns to Souter Lighthouse.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 10:38 am
The start of a previous Night Run.

The popular Night Run series is taking place the National Trust property on Saturday February 8, with two different routes to make it as accessible to as many people as possible.The Adventurer route is 7km and the Explorer route is 3km. Both are traffic-free, on paths and trails, and organisers say “if you’d rather walk than run, you’re more than welcome”.

Mimi Rousell from the active outdoors team at the National Trust said: “If you’re after an adventure with the family go on the Explorer route, which is good for little legs and new runners.

“The Adventurer route will put you through your paces if you’re a seasoned runner, but is also fun if you want to take your time and walk some of the way.”

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Souter Lighthouse with its lamp shining

She added: “Night Runs are a great way of enjoying the outdoors during the autumn and winter months.“The darkness heightens your senses. Seeing hundreds of runners light up the pathways with their torches also makes the experience extra special.“Whether you’re new to running, a seasoned trail runner or a family looking for an adventure you’ll find going on a Night Run fun and exciting. It’s a great way to meet new people and socialise with friends.”

Souter’s light will be lit especially for the occasion, and Newcastle based DJ Steve Keys will be compere for the evening, playing motivating music to warm up the crowd, counting down to the start and welcoming finishers back across the line.

Everyone taking part in the event will receive a newly designed wooden medal.

Runners can refuel before and after their run at the Lighthouse Café.

Participants running during a Night Run event in the park at Nostell Priory and Parkland, Yorkshire

The National Trust is working with Cotswold Outdoor to offer its programme of Night Runs for the fifth year running.

Souter Lighthouse is one of several National Trust places taking part in the 2019/20 programme, which organisers say will build on the excitement of 2018/19, which saw more than 4500 people taking part across the country.

Steve Hulbert, Senior Partnerships Manager at Cotswold Outdoors, said: “Adventures come in all shapes and sizes, and Night Run is no exception.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the National Trust on the Night Run series once more, and look forward to sharing our passion for the outdoors and expert advice in-store with its supporters.”

Registration for both routes starts at 4.30pm and closes at 5.45pm.

For more information and to book please call 0344 249 1895 or visit