19 January 2020

Top tips for night-time running

August 11, 2013

During these summer months we tend to take to the great urban outdoors much later in the day and much more frequently, but although the evenings maybe lighter and (slightly) warmer than winter, when exercising late and into the night, we really need to make sure we’re safe.

Take a look at our top tips for night-time running and embrace the cover of darkness!


Be safe, be seen. Now’s the time to make the most of that funky bright kit you’ve been too shy to wear at the gym. Don some hi vis or reflective gear such as Nike’s ‘LunarGlide+4 Shield’ trainers (£95) and ODLO’s bright ‘RACE’ top with reflectors (£85) (pictured below) and get noticed.

And whilst we’re on the subject of kit, it’s worth remembering that running in the dark often brings lower temperatures and changeable weather, so make sure you’re prepared with layers you can add or remove when necessary.


Turn off the tunes. It’s important to be fully aware of what’s going on around you when you’re running in the dark, so leave the iPod at home, enjoy the sounds of the city and save the tunes for your warm up and cool down when you’re safely indoors.

Bring a buddy. If possible, always try and run with a friend. Not only are we thinking ‘safety in numbers’ here, but it’s good for motivation too. If you’ve not got a like-minded friend why not try joining your local running club?

Also be sure to tell someone the route you’ll be taking and how long you intend to be out for. And remember that old pay-as-you-go phone you never got rid of? Top it up and take it with you for added security.

Route master. Choose to run a route you know well, one that’s well-lit and popular is your best bet. You don’t want the added risk of taking a wrong turn or tripping on unknown terrain if you haven’t mastered the route in the daylight.

If you do run with a smart phone download the Via app – this will speak directions to you out loud, so you don’t need to wear headphones or run the risk of getting lost.

If you have to leave the pavement make sure you run against the flow of traffic, rather than with it. A headlamp is a piece of essential kit if you’re leaving the street lamps behind – why not light your way with a headlamp such as Silva’s new ‘Jogger’ (£24.99) (pictured above)?

Go with your gut. The most important thing when you’re running at night is to trust your instincts. Don’t feel safe? Then run to somewhere you feel more comfortable. It’s also important to consider your pace whilst running in the dark, you might need to run slower to begin with to adjust to your surroundings.

Happy running!

Jessica Whittington, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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