Lighting the Path to Help Find a Cure
As darkness fell on the evening of 11th November a global community of people came together in 50 cities worldwide to help support The Mark Pollock Trust in their mission to find a cure for paralysis. The twilight event took place in London, Manchester, Dublin, Cork and Belfast, and pop-ups reached a range of other international locations. With a choice of a 5km or 10km route participants took to the track and set out to make a difference.
First established five years ago, the run celebrated its most successful year to date. More than 16,000 people ran in the UK and Ireland with 20,000 globally. Mark, the founder of the run, shone with enthusiasm and dedication as runners took to the track.
Mark is a Wings for Life Ambassador, unbroken by blindness in 1998, he 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 unable to move, 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. "Spinal cord injury strikes at the very heart of what it is to be human; turning us from our standing upright, running forms into seated compromises of our former selves" said Mark.
The atmosphere and excitement remained high around the track with thousands of flashing lights, head torches and glow sticks lighting the path ahead. Music played and cheering remained until the very last runner crossed the finish line.
"Running as part of a team was brilliant too as we all pushed each other to give that little bit more. There was a true sense of togetherness and pride from everyone, which I can see more of as the awareness of the cause spreads. I can’t wait for next year." Darren Skudder, part of Team Red Bull UK.
Run in the Dark will directly benefit the Mark Pollock Trust alongside partner Wings for Life. The funds raised will be spent on cutting-edge research projects aimed at accelerating progress towards a cure for spinal cord injury.
Nikki Wilson, Head of Wings for Life UK said;
"We're thrilled to see Run in the Dark go from strength to strength. This year we have welcomed more runners, more volunteers and even more raised for the Mark Pollock Trust and Wings for Life. Thank you to everyone who is part of this growing movement of supporters dedicated to helping us find a cure for spinal cord injury."
If you can’t wait until Run in The Dark 2016, please join us on 8th May 2016 for the Wings for Life World Run. For more information and how to sign up click here