Tunnel Vision Night Run 2016

This was the second running of this annual November event held by Race Harborough in which participants run an out and back 5 mile route along the disused railway path of Brampton Valley Way. The event starts at 7.30 PM meaning it’s pitch black so all runners require a head torch to guide them. The only part of the course which is lit is the unique 200 meter long tunnel that runners pass through in both directions.

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A nice and quirky touch to this race is that everyone is given a pair of glow in the dark glasses at the half way turn around point to prove they have completed the full distance. At the end, as well as a very welcomed cup of hot soup to warm the cockles on what was a chilly winter’s night, all finishers were awarded an engraved pint glass.

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There is approximately 2 miles of running before reaching the tunnel in which around half was on a dry puddle free section before a wet and sludgy straight. The variation in terrain made the standard running more interesting and kept you on your toes.

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With the path being fairly narrow you had to stay vigilant and alert throughout the run back as people were going in both directions. Because of this I must admit I did find the decision to allow people to run with dogs a strange one. That is however one of the only negatives I can point out about this event. It’s really well ran, chipped timed and raises lots of funds for the Mo’Ket Harborough campaign which supports Movember raising awareness for men’s health.

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Author: Chris Lamb Racing Diary

I am an endurance based athlete participating in events from 800m on the track to ultra trail marathons & obstacle course races. I like to test my strengths over the widest range of events possible at the highest level I can. You can follow me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/chrislambpjr

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