Run in the Dark 2015

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As darkness sets on the evening of 11th November thousands will gather to help support Mark Pollock in his mission to find a cure for paralysis.

The twilight event will take place in London, Manchester, Dublin, Cork and Belfast – while pop-ups will reach a range of other international locations. With a choice of a 5km or 10km route participants will take to the track and set out to make a difference.

The run was first established four years ago and with growing success, celebrated its most successful year in 2014. More than 3900 people ran in the UK, and over 16,000 globally. We are determined to make this year’s run bigger and better than before. 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. Mark’s dedication and enthusiasm shines as preparations for this year’s run take place: “A global community of people will come together to Run in the Dark in November. 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 in 2014 and we want to expand this by inviting more people to be a part of this adventure.”

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

2014 participant Chris Dennett tells us about his experience: “Run in the Dark is a great event to be a part of. The London route around Battersea Park is fantastic - a completely flat course as well which my legs appreciated. It was the first time I’d actually ran in a 10k race. I’ve done a few since and ran the Wings for Life World Run in May this year, so this event was a great warm up, and got me into running. I met Mark Pollock in January, he’s such an inspirational guy. When I told Mark I’d taken part in Run in the Dark he shook my hand & thanked me for making a difference. Clearly the cash raised from this event has a huge impact and goes towards such a great cause.“

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