Dash in the Dark returns to Southampton and the Isle of Wight

Our popular night-time, Dash in the Dark, 5K is back – join us on Southampton Common or at Seaclose Park, Newport, and help us be there for those who need us.

Almost 1,200 people joined us across our Southampton and Isle of Wight events last year. And, since the first Dash in 2019, our incredible supporters have raised more than £150,000 – enough to fund 45 life-saving missions.

A group of people with multi-coloured tutus and glow sticks on a charity fun run

Isle of Wight

One of those participants is Gilly Harland who suffered a fractured skull and shoulder when she was involved in a road traffic collision on Newport Road in October 2023.

She was airlifted from St Mary’s Hospital to University Hospital Southampton where she underwent an operation to aid in her recovery.

Gilly said:

“The Air Ambulance team not only airlifted me to University Hospital Southampton for vital care that I couldn’t get at St Mary’s, but they have offered aftercare to aid in my recovery.

“I’m forever grateful for them and have supported them ever since, through my own fundraisers, the Star Jump Challenge and now Dash in the Dark.

“I’m looking forward to lining up with hundreds of supporters on the night to raise money and awareness for the charity that helped me and continues to help thousands of others.”


Participants of the Southampton event include Dean and Logan-James who are running in support of their son and brother, Tyler Dodsworth, who sustained critical injuries when he was hit by a car outside his school in Tidworth in 2023.

Dean said:

“My son is very lucky to be here. We are so grateful for the fast response of the Air Ambulance and the team’s great efforts to make sure my son was stable enough to be flown to hospital. Without them, I hate to write, it would have been a totally different outcome. We owe them a lot, and I will continue to support and fundraise for them at every chance I get.”

Tyler and family

Headline sponsor:

We are delighted to welcome aboard our headline sponsors for Southampton Dash in the Dark, Paris Smith LLP.

Charlotte Farrell and Tabytha Cunningham, co-chairs of the Charity Committee at Paris Smith, said:

“Having recently appointed Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as our charity of the year for 2024/2025, Paris Smith LLP are delighted to be the headline sponsor for the Dash in the Dark event on Saturday 21 September 2024. The life-saving work of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance service is invaluable to our community. By supporting this vital emergency service as our Charity of the Year, we hope to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need of emergency critical care and raise awareness of this invaluable service in our local area. The Dash in the Dark event is a unique and fun way to highlight the work the service does and raise vital funds to keep the air ambulance flying and saving lives.”

Dash with us!

Sign up today to receive a free Dash in the Dark T-shirt. You will also receive a glow in the dark medal at the finish line.

Ticket prices have remained the same price as last year’s event, with adult tickets costing £20 and children (5-15 years) £16.

Every penny raised goes towards ensuring our doctors, dispatchers, pilots and paramedics can respond to the most critically ill and injured people in your region.

Register for Southampton Dash in the Dark.

Register for Isle of Wight Dash in the Dark.