Run in the Dark 2014


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As darkness set on the mid November evening thousands gathered to help support Mark Pollock in his mission to find a cure for paralysis.

The after-hours event, took place in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester – while pop-ups were organised in many locations. With a choice of a 5km or 10km route participants put on their flashing bands and set out to make a difference.

First established four years ago, the run celebrated its most successful year to date. More than 1,500 people ran in the UK, and over 15,000 globally.

The founder of the run, Mark Pollock is a Wings for Life Ambassador. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 that left him paralysed. Previous to the accident Mark had competed in ultra-endurance races and won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games.

As the adventure athlete lay in hospital, blind and paralysed, his supporters knew he would meet this new challenge head on.  To fund his ambition to walk again, the Mark Pollock Trust was created and Mark is now using his spinal cord injury to explore frontiers again using his own body as a research subject and his public profile to initiate collaborations across the world.

After the event Mark said,

“A global community of people came together on 12th November to Run in the Dark. With their support we are pursuing our mission to find and connect physiologists, technologists and scientists to fast track a cure for paralysis. Over 15,000 people ran in over 40 cities worldwide and we want to say thank you for being part of this adventure.”

Run in the Dark will directly benefit the Mark Pollock Trust alongside partner Wings for Life.

The Mark Pollock Trust have kindly agreed to donate £1 of every entry fee to Wings for Life. The money raised will be spent on cutting-edge research projects aimed at accelerating progress towards a cure for spinal cord injury.

Emma Harris, Head of Wings for Life UK said

“Mark and his story are an inspiration to many and we are thrilled to have him as one of our Ambassadors. We love being involved with the event as it’s a great way of working together to help achieve our goals. Our partnership with the Mark Pollock Trust is very important to us so it‘s great to see the building success of Run in the Dark “

For more information about Run in the Dark and how you can get involved, click here, go to Facebook or @theruninthedark on Twitter.

Images by chris@chriswoodstudios.com