Blacklight Run Northampton – 7th March 2015
First, what is a Blacklight Run? From the website it is a ‘unique 5k fun run focused on less speed and more on UV Neon Glowing fun with friends and family.’ This was definitely the case in Northampton, with more selfies than you can shake a stick at going on under the UV lights.
We arrived at 5pm (having pre paid for our parking) and joined the party near the main stage, where they were playing music and throwing glowsticks out to the audience and starting to throw the UV power out. There were 3 colours of powder. Pink, Orange and luminous green – the green being the best to show up.
As 6pm approached we were directed into a huge holding area with barriers around, but the start time came and went from our perspective with little fanfair. Having never been to such a huge event before we were a bit confused about the start, but with almost 6000 people there we should have realised that it was a staggered start with a few going at a time – as we neared our turn the atmosphere ramped up – then it was our turn to go.
The route took us along a back road near the Northampton Saints Rugby ground, down a little way into a country park and then looping round Sixfields Stadium where Northampton Town Football club play. It felt like quite a long way to the first ‘colour’ station which I ‘ran’ to in my usual bouncy slow way! We had arranged with our group, my husband, daughter and best mate, that we would wait for each other at each colour station to go through together if we got separated.
At the colour station there were a few volunteers throwing powder at us as we slowed to a standstill in order to be covered, and UV lights for the 1000’s of selfies being taken too. I did get a hand full of powder right up my nose -and we were meant to be wearing eye protection but most people hadn’t bothered.
In all there were 3 colour stations, one for each colour, and most people seemed to be walking the course. The last colour station had a corridor of bright lights to go through and a friend of ours was throwing the powder – so we really got covered there.
The course distance was a little under 5k in the end, and you could only run between the colour stations if you wanted to join in and get coated with powder, so I would say it’s a great event for a novice runner as there is no pressure to keep running, I’d say 80% of the participants walked the whole course.
The only criticism of the event was there should have been more volunteers throwing powder at the colour stations, but apart from that I thought it was a great event. Well organised with so many attending and a lot of fun.
And my final tip if you are going to one of the events later this year in Portsmouth, London, Cheltenham, Edinburgh or Norwich. Take towels and something to put on the car seats for your trip home, unless you want a multi coloured car!