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The Maverick USE Exposure Lights Dark - Oxfordshire

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Immerse yourself in the Chiltern Hills with this unique evening trail run. A challenge open to those of all abilities, participants will snake through the woodland and grassy plains of the Chiltern Hills after sunset. Come to engage all your senses or for that post-race Freedom Brew.

Review summary

30 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


D Shepherd
"If you’ve never run a Maverick event before, stop what you’re doing now and..."


Dean M
"Running with a head torch on was a completely new experience but i absolutely..."


Callum C
"This event is just nuts and so is everyone who organises it. The Maverick Race..."
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How to enter the The Maverick USE Exposure Lights Dark - Oxfordshire

  1. Long

    Run 15km
    Event passed
  2. Middle

    Run 10km
    Event passed
  3. Short

    Run 5km
    Event passed

The Maverick USE Exposure Lights Dark - Oxfordshire routes

Maverick travel to Culden Faw Estate, Oxfordshire for the latest edition of their USE Lights Dark Series. Located in the heart of the Chiltern Hills, the estate is scythed in half by the River Thames.

All three routes deliver an incredible backdrop for this already unique event. Not only is the surrounding landscape a sight to behold, but there is also an abundance of local wildlife to keep your eye open for.

Given the darkness runners will have to focus on their footing throughout. The route itself will be made obvious with reflective markers.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Free Parking
  • Clearly marked courses
  • Timed event
  • Official Photography
  • Food & Drink Available
  • Bag Drop Area
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Freedom Brew
Raceday Logistics


1600 - Gates Open
1630 - Registration
1800 - Race starts

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled start of the race to ensure a smooth registration process.

Kit List
  • Head Torch
  • Good quality trail shoes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Snacks and refreshments to last the race
  • A re-usable cup or bottle

Spectators are a vital component in creating a great race day atmosphere.

Feel free to come along with those participating and experience the spectacular surroundings for yourself before cheering the runners over the finish line.


Volunteers are a crucial cog in what makes Maverick one of the best Trail Running company's in the UK and they are always looking for more helping hands.

Whether you're a trail running aficionado or just enjoy event organisation, this could be a great opportunity for you. If you would like to find out more then follow the link here:

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs welcome?
This is a dog friendly event so please feel free to bring along your canine companion.
Where can I access my results?
Maverick will upload race times onto their website after the event.
Why do I need a re-usable cup or bottle?
Maverick are committed to retaining the beauty of the great British outdoors. As such, they're on a quest to make the up and coming season 100% plastic free. Hydrapak speed cups will be available to buy on the day.
Are head torches mandatory?
Head torches are essential for this race - if you do not have one then you will not be able to participate.

The Maverick USE Exposure Lights Dark - Oxfordshire weather forecast

Possible light rain overnight.

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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 14mph

Meet the organiser

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Here at Maverick Race we’re all about celebrating the beauty of the British countryside. That’s why we’ve chosen some of the most iconic areas that Blighty has to offer for our trail running series. We’re not elitist though which is why we’ve made them accessible to runners of all levels. With multiple route lengths to choose from in every location, you decide on the challenge! Our main objective is to get people off the roads and enjoying being outside in the countryside. We just love to run and we hope you will too after experiencing life on the trails. Having experienced many types of events, from 5km club runs through to Ultra Marathons and Ironman Triathlons, we're dedicated to understanding what’s important to you – the runners.



The Maverick USE Exposure Lights Dark - Oxfordshire reviews (30)

4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • D

    Dean M

    Did the Long in 2019

    Running with a head torch on was a completely new experience but i absolutely loved the event and glad I took on the longer distance. `Adrenaline definitely got me through to the end
  • C

    Callum C

    Did the Long in 2019

    This event is just nuts and so is everyone who organises it. The Maverick Race series is just so special and there is always that extra buzz you get when taking part in one of their events.
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    Freddie T

    Did the Short in 2019

    Maverick Races are just the best. My first dark/night race which was pretty epic and it was great that the event was so local.
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    George H

    Did the Long in 2019

    A steady undulating course which I loved and the event was just incredibly organised and everything was so efficient. One of my favourites
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    Steph M

    Did the Middle in 2019

    This race and the Dark Dorset race are 2 of my favourite events of the trail running year. I run with my dog and have loved taking her to the night races. We saw and chased deer and battled the elements amongst friendly runners. My only recommendation would be to let people with faster dog teams go at the front of the main human field, as it can be more annoying for everybody involved starting at the back and having to weave through the crowd on narrow paths (but I appreciate this is something lots of race organisers do and is not a maverick specific quible). I'm really grateful that maverick are so dog friendly! Keep up the great work. I'd do more night races, if they were offered.
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    Ben R

    Did the Long in 2019

    Maverick events are always so we'll organised, the start/finish area is well supported with food and drink available and good tunes to boot. The Dark route through the estate in Oxfordshire is really fun with wild deer making the experience more special. Maverick races are always hugely fun, relaxed, well signed and supported. They're a must!!
  • D

    Dave J

    Did the Middle in 2019

    Excellent event. Well organised, great course and a friendly atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone.
  • D

    D Shepherd

    Did the Short in 2019

    If you’ve never run a Maverick event before, stop what you’re doing now and book one. I ran the short route with both my children (did you know Maverick Race offer free child places with an adult booking?), after helping on the Hampshire Original event earlier in the year.

    What you’ll find is whether you run a day or night event, long, middle or short, you’ll find you get a real taste of trail running and an experience you just won’t find at other events. That’s a really clever thing to achieve. Free event photography - look out for the cameras- and an event village unlike any other. I’ve enjoyed running a number of races with these guys, so much, I’ve begun to help out at some too. The scenery and trails are always breathtaking and the organisation is amazing. The ambassadors are all really approachable, there’s no pretence here. Imagine a 100k demon chatting over a coffee and cake with an off road newbie. It just doesn’t happen anywhere else.

    Be prepared to be challenged, but generous cut offs and flexible distance transfers mean you’ll never get out of your depth. Honestly, the best set of races you’ll ever enter! Highly recommended.

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    Julia D

    Did the Middle in 2018

    It's so rare to get running events at night, especially ones that aren't some crazy mega marathon and the Dark series are all so fun. Glow sticks, head torches and fire pits...what could be better on those dark winter nights.
  • Did the Long in 2019

    Trail running in the dark is made incredible by Maverick. The course was so well marked and the event village was great with fire pits and cool lighting! I love these events!
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