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This 10k and 5k event is perfect for those new to trail running. With only a slightly challenging terrain and 2 kids races on offer, the whole family can join in. So bring your friends, dress up, have a sip of mulled wine, and share in the festive atmosphere.
C-19 Plan
Wild Running has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 5th Dec 2020 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

Review summary

4 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Hylton C
"Amazing event with an incredible atmosphere. For people who love trail running..."


Andrew T
"The DDD is a proper trail run, muddy, step descents, steep climbs, log jumps,..."


Olga M
"For a nice event, I suggest having fun in order to enjoy the..."
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How to enter the Dark Dart Dash 10K & 5K

  1. 10k

    Run 10km
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  2. 5k

    Run 5km
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  3. 2k Kids Race

    Run 2km
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  4. 1k Kids Race

    Run 1km
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Dark Dart Dash 10K & 5K routes

Both routes will feature a few hills, and just the right amount of mud.

The route will start by taking runners around the North Wood, and along the river, before reaching the feed stop. Here the route will split and the 10k runners will follow the river down south before heading back to the finish.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Chip-timing
  • Fully marked course
  • Feed station
  • Birch Wood finisher's meal
  • Bottled water for all finishers
  • Free race number transfer if unable to run
  • Category and Spot Prizes
Raceday Logistics


16:00 Registration Opens

16:30 Kids Races Start

16:40 First Kids Expected Back

16:55 Kids Presentation

This is the only presentation that will take place tonight because it is easy to facilitate and parents will be with children anyway

17:30 Start of Wave 1 (5k)

17:32 Start of Wave 2 (5K)

17:34 Start of Wave 3 (5K)

17:40 Start of Wave 1 (10K)

17:42 Start of Wave 2 (10K)

17:44 Start of Wave 3 (10K)

17:50 Approx First 5K finishers expected.

18:25 Approx first 10k finisher expected

19:40 Cut-off time for all races

The Race start line will be on Park Road in between Barton Farm where the finish line is & the main car park next to the Refectory.

*There will not be a race briefing on the night. This will take place electronically before the event.

Kit List

While it is in way compulsory to dress up, there will be prizes for best costume so get suited up to run in this awesome event!

To get more information on volunteering please contact Wild Running at this link!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are headtorches mandatory?
Yes, all participants must wear a front-facing head torch. Any extra safety lighting is also welcomed.
Are there age requirements for the races?
Participants must be 16 and over to enter the 10k, 12 and over to enter the 5k, between 8-11 to enter the 2k, and between 3-7 to enter the 1k.
Is there a cut-off time?
Yes, all participants must be back from their race by 7:40pm.

Meet the organiser

We recognise that many of our runners may be new to self navigation events and want to become more confident runners who can dispense with a guide.So we are also offering NNAS navigation courses (for runners or walkers). The spirit of community and camaraderie of the group night runs, has cemented many friendships, since they began. Wild Running Camps aims to replicate the camaraderie of the Thursday night runs. Both the Beginner’s Fell Camps for women in the Lake District and our Wild Running Camp on Dartmoor, involve sharing communal meals in a cosy farmhouse, while our bespoke Scotland Camps can involve sharing a hostel, cottage or a hotel and listening to talks about the local geology and even whisky tasting, upon request. The chance to run on a guided route over a munro is central but by no means the only part of the experience. Last year, our guides learnt a lot about hygge when a large Danish group signed up for our Scotland camp. They were excellent company. Without the group, we are just loan wolfs bound for extinction. The end goal is not to chip away at your 10k time but to enjoy the process of running and hopefully to avoid injuries, in as much as this is possible.



Dark Dart Dash 10K & 5K reviews (4)

4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 10k in 2018

    Amazing event with an incredible atmosphere. For people who love trail running at its purest. I will definitely do it next year
  • Did the 5k in 2018

    The DDD is a proper trail run, muddy, step descents, steep climbs, log jumps, twistie & turnie, every thing you could wish for....and very dark as well. Brilliant atmosphere, great comraderie and the best bit of advice i would give is bring a change of clothes with you.
  • Did the 5k in 2018

    For a nice event, I suggest having fun in order to enjoy the atmosphere
  • Did the 10k in 2018

    Definitely need good trail or fell shoes due to the mud. Plus a good headtorch. A pleasantly low key, not too commercial race.
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