Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is bringing its popular 5km night-time fun run, Dash in the Dark, to Seaclose Park, Newport, on Saturday October 8.
As the sun sets and the night draws in, friends, family and supporters of the life-saving charity are encouraged to light up the night and dash their way around the course while covered head to toe in neon paint and fancy dress.
Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities can take part in this family-friendly event, with every penny raised helping the charity to treat the most critically ill and injured patients in the region.
Director of Income and Engagement, Keith Wilson, said:
“Dash in the Dark is a highlight of our year. And it is incredibly exciting that we’re now able to bring this event to our dedicated supporters on the Island who have played such a huge part in this charity’s history. Since the first Dash in 2019, over £56,000 has been raised – all going towards helping those who are in desperate need of emergency critical care.”
Check in on the night will open at 5.30pm. The warm up will start at 6:30pm, with the 5km dash beginning at 6:45pm, as darkness falls. The route is softly lit and paved throughout, though head torches are essential. All participants will receive a free Dash in the Dark T-shirt and a glow in the dark medal at the finish line.
800 participants joined the Southampton Dash in the Dark 2021. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance responded to 110 critically ill patients on the Isle of Wight in 2021. And, in that same year, the charity’s Critical Care Team was involved in the transfer of a ventilated Covid-19 patient from St Mary’s Hospital to University Hospital Southampton, to relieve pressure in the hospital’s heavily stretched Intensive Care Unit.
Full adult price – £20
Full child price – £16
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased via the charity’s website: https://www.hiowaa.org/event/dash_iow/
Can’t make it to the Isle of Wight Dash in the Dark? Join us on Southampton Common on Saturday September 24.