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Article: Running in the dark

Extra precautions are needed when running in the dark. A few essential items such as light and reflective clothing will keep you running through the darker days of winter. Here are our top tips on staying safe in the dark.

Plan your route

Traffic-free or quiet routes in the country can feel safe during the daytime but, if they're not well-lit at night, they should be avoided. If you have to run in the dark, think ahead and plan your training route along safer, well-lit roads where you are in view of the public.

Identify hazards such as:

  • Traffic

  • Potholes and uneven surfaces

  • pedestrians and other runners

  • dogs and other animals

Look out for them, not only in your path but in the whole vicinity especially those that can move such as traffic, pedestrians and animals. Keep your ears open as well as your eyes. If you hear a car accelerating or a dog barking be alert and aware of the distance between it and you.

Be seen

  • Fluorescent or bright clothing helps you to be seen during the daytime, especially in dull weather.

  • Reflective piping or better still, panels on your jacket, leggings and trainers will show up in car headlights.

  • Choose white tops rather than black

  • Wear a blinkie or flashing light on your top

Carry ID

If you are running on your own you should carry some form of ID so that you can be identified if anything untoward does happen to you. Many running specialists sell wrist wallets that have space for you to put your name, contact and medical details.

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